The Forgotten Generation in South Korea
An estimated half of South Korea`s elderly live in a level of poverty, based on findings by the OECD. Traditionally, children have taken care of their ageing parents but due to a breakdown of social structure and difficult economic conditions, that has changed over the years.
The alternatives are either homelessness, working at traditional markets, accumulating cardboard or anything else worth pawning, joining government assistance programs, prostitution, severe alcoholism, depression or suicide.
The South Korean government is trying to put systems in place to alleviate the situation but not enough is being done it seems.