16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Health Care

In 1947, free healthcare was introduced for all citizens in North Korea, but the system col¬lapsed in the late eighties. Many hospitals operate without electricity or heat and all patients have to buy their own medicines. While visiting a hospital we were told that no handicap children were born in North Korea since the 1950’s due to their strong genes. Note: A North Korean doctor who defected, Ri Kwang-chol, has claimed that babies born with physical defects are rapidly put to death and buried.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: North Korea
Copyright: © Nathalie Montagu Daoust