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Subject: Re: Elder suicides rising in Korea Date: 2/17/2013 3:27 PM
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ather than quietly taking her life at home as many South Koreans do, the woman staged her death as a final act of public protest against a society she said had abandoned her. She drank pesticide overnight in front of her city hall after officials stopped her welfare checks, saying they were no longer obligated to support her now that her son-in-law had found work.

In the early 1980's when I was working for Exxon, we fabricated several offshore oil platforms in South Korean shipyards. (It was less than 1/2 the cost of doing the work in the US.) One remarkable sight in the shipyard was the crew of several hundred old women with brooms who paraded through the yard cleaning the pavement. Apparently they were the widows of shipyard workers killed on the job and were put to work to "earn" their survivor benefits such as they were.

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