South Korea Mourns Ex-president’s Death
Posted on May 26th, 2009 in Korea | No Comments » |
It has been confirmed that the former president of South Korea death was cause by suicide. It is believed that he left a suicide letter to his family. The former president’s death has unleashed tremendous public sympathy for the former president — and ire towards the current one. Tens of thousands of mourners arrived in Bongha, the town in the country’s south where Roh retired, to pay their respects in tents set up near a community center.
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Yeinjee’s Asian Journal, a blog that inspired me to start my own, recently published an article about suicide issues among teenagers in South Korea. She wrote that “an annual average 23.6 Koreans committed suicide out of 100,000 people in the last five years, which is one of the highest levels in the world.” A state-run Korea Youth Counseling Institute released a poll indicating that six in every 10 South Korean teenagers have thought about taking their own lives at least once. In just a short period of about one year, Yeinjee reported a total of six suicide cases from famous Korean celebrities alone.      
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