The deaths of 249 children were confirmed–.
The shocking news was announced in South Korea on July 18. According to the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, nearly 250 children who were born between 2003 and 2010 without a birth certificate have died.
The kicker was an announcement by the National Audit Office, which checks for administrative irregularities. In June of this year, it was revealed that 2,236 children had not been registered, despite the fact that they had a ‘temporary newborn number,’ which is assigned when a baby is born by the hospital. These missing children are also known as “ghost babies.
Although more than 1,000 have been confirmed alive through police investigations and other means, 249 have died, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The number of children whose survival or death cannot even be confirmed stands at 814. Most of the surviving children seem to have been placed in Christian ‘baby boxes,’ which are the equivalent of Japan’s ‘baby post boxes.
Two Children Killed Immediately After Birth
The problem of “ghost babies” has been overlooked for many years in Korea because the ministry with jurisdiction over newborn numbers and birth registration is different. The newly revealed figure of more than 2,000 has been widely reported in the country.
The reason behind this is probably the inability to raise children due to poverty and other economic reasons. However, according to police investigations, many cases have been established as incidents.
A mother in her 30s who lived in Suwon, near the capital city of Seoul, killed her two children, born in ’18 and ’19, immediately after giving birth. She hid the bodies in a refrigerator. In Gwangju, South Korea, a mother in her 20s was detained after it was discovered that she had dumped the bodies of her children, who had been left to die, in garbage bags” (reporter from the international section of a national newspaper).
The National Assembly of South Korea passed a bill requiring medical institutions that witness the birth of a child to notify the government. The government is also considering introducing a “protected birth system” to protect children born anonymously to mothers.
However, it seems that no amount of legislation by the government will solve the fundamental problem. Shinichi Hen, editor-in-chief of “Korea Report” and an expert on the situation in South Korea, says, “In South Korea, parents and children have always had a strong emotional bond.
Korea has always been a country with strong parent-child relationships. Parents have a very strong attachment to their children. Parents used to call their children ‘wala’ (ours) instead of simply calling them by their names.
Recently, however, I feel that traditions and customs have collapsed among young parents in their teens and twenties. Certainly, in the background, there may be economic problems such as poverty that make it difficult to raise children. However, a few decades ago Korea was also poor. The biggest problem is the morals of young people. Let’s throw them away because we can’t raise them. …… It seems that more and more young parents are coming to this shortsighted conclusion.
The “ghost baby” problem seems to reflect the serious state of affairs in South Korea.