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Orphans, soldiers, students: N.Korea turns to ‘volunteers’ for coal mines, construction

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By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – Orphans, conscripted soldiers, and students – some appearing to be children – are “volunteering” to work manual labour in North Korea, including in coal mines, farms, and large construction projects, the country’s state media have reported. Hundreds of graduates of orphan schools “volunteered to work in difficult fields”, according to reports by state news agency KCNA. The reports did not specify the orphans’ ages, but said they had graduated from middle schools, and photos published in state newspapers showed youths who appeared to be in their teens. On Saturda…

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