Shelter assists Korea's ignored single mothers
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These are women who are not fully included in society because of old prejudices
A mother carries her child in Seoul, South Korea's capital. About 2 percent of South Korean children are born out of wedlock. (Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP)
With the help of donors and volunteers, Helen established a home in Seoul eight years ago that provides support and shelter to single women unable to provide for themselves and their babies.
While only 2 percent of children in South Korea are born out of wedlock the support that Helen's shelter provides is in demand due to a lack of government or societal support for single mothers.
"You have to understand that in Korea single mothers are not recognized as real mothers," says Helen, who requested that her surname not be used. "Even the word itself that identifies single mothers in Korean has a negative connotation. These are women who are not fully included in society because of old prejudices," said the 57-year-old Catholic.
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