Poverty In South Korea

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South Korea, a beautiful country known for its excellent economy and technology, was not always the exemplar of an advanced nation. Following the devastation wrought by Japanese and Communist invasions during World War II and the Korean War, South Korea found itself in extreme poverty, comparable to that of some of the poorest countries in the world. Amazingly, within two generations, it has demonstrated spectacular work ethic, economic growth, and global integration to miraculously transform into one of the world’s biggest economies and the high-tech, industrialized country that has stolen the attention and love of people everywhere in the world. Two major factors in Korea’s success are its education system and sedulous culture, which produce high-performing young adults who enter the Korean workforce every year. However, this is not without a cost; a hidden darkness stains the brilliance of Korea’s success. According to the health data reports of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), South Korea has consistently topped the list for suicide rate among OECD countries since 2003 and currently has the third highest suicide mortality rate in the world — a stunning 32.0 suicides per 100,000 people, tripling the global average. A substantial influence for such a high suicide rate is unfortunately adolescent suicide; it is also the number one cause of death for Koreans between the ages of 9-24 (“Suicide No. 1”).
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