The nowhere kids: Korean orphans on a quest for answers

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The nowhere kids: Korean orphans on a quest for answers

If they don't die from a curable disease, these children 'age out' of an orphanage into a world where they don't belong

AFP

On a summer’s day in 1985 a seven-year-old boy sat alone at a crowded bus station in Seoul, sobbing as he waited desperately for his mother to return.

Jo Youn-hwan was wearing a baseball uniform that his mother had bought him a few days before – the only gift she had ever given him.

She told him to wait for her before leaving him at the terminal. So he did, increasingly terrified as day turned to dusk...

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