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About 500 people evacuated from fire in South Korea shanty town

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South Korea has slums?

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South Korea is turning into a deadly place. Large number of deaths in each incident. I thought it was all Kpop and drama.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

, it’s mostly old people sadly. Every year there are big celebrity fronted donations of instant food and charcoal brickets to keep warm and likely what caused it.

SK if anything has done an amazing job at keeping stuff like the inequality between the middle class and up lives on tv separate from the poor lifestyles people outside the cities have.

obviously SK is doing well in a ton of regards but like most rich nations they cover their controversial areas well.

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Cover them well? Just go to Exit 9 of Seoul Station. It reeks of piss and the homeless sleep there every night.

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Rehouse all of them in decent accommodations.

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South Korea has slums?

Not sure if you have travelled too much, but every massive city in the world - even the "richest" - has areas where homeless people live. Be that in parks, hostels, tunnels, or sadly even on the street.

I hope these poor people are found accommodation.

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The inequality gap in South Korea is quite large and a probable cause for the high rate of suicide... Parasite and Squid Games were made as an attempt to shed light on this often neglected problem

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It appears you never were aware of CardBoard Town, right outside the station at Shinjuku.

Word is a Yakuza dolt torched someone's box when he refused to pay, killing a dozen or more homeless living there.

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Replace the whole with decent housing at an affordable rent.

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Every country has a shanty town, the rich is getting richer and the poor well how far down can they go? One day the bottom rail will rise to the top. Its just a matter of time.

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It appears you never were aware of CardBoard Town, right outside the station at Shinjuku.

That has been there for many years. Over 30 years ago the area was cleared and the "residents" taken to an island for re-education. But it soon went back to the way it was.

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Not having relatives to take care of them or being estranged from their kids when any mental illness takes over.

Certainly, some are struggling to get employed and life just threw too much at them, so they ended up on the streets. For those people, help for 6+ months really would get them back on their feet, into jobs, paying taxes, having the dignity that a job and place to live provided.

Some people like to control their own lives, more than any thing else, including getting help for their mental illness. Not everyone wants to be put up in nicer housing.

For many, if they are forced to move to nicer housing, they'd run away, back to where they were.

This isn't odd. Happens around the world. If you've ever been approached and actually listened to someone homeless who wasn't trying to get a cash to support their alcohol (or other) addiction, then you'd find that some really are looking for help. Of course, some are just trying to feed their addictions or have mental issues that prevent them from having a normal job.

There was a guy begging at a freeway exit in Houston wearing an old suit, where he had a sign - "3 kids, need money." Professional beggers exist: London, Houston, Dubia https://www.odditycentral.com/news/dubais-professional-beggars-earn-a-lot-more-money-than-you.html

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