Simply abandoned


Every year in Seoul, hundreds of newborns are abandoned and left in the streets. Most of them are mentally or physically disabled, or have unmarried parents. South Korea is an extremely religious country, and if an unmarried couple has a child, it is often considered taboo. A  disabled child is also considered a curse. If no one takes care of these children, they die or end up in orphanages.

In the midst of this "epdemic," one man has decided to rescue the babies condemned to death.

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Lee Jong-rak is a humble pastor who not only recognized  the problem, but knew he had to take action.

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He decided to build a deposit box in  the side  his house. He named it the ''baby box." The baby box is heated and contains warm blankets so that the babies don't freeze. It is also equipped with an alarm so that the pastor is immediately notified when someone places a baby inside it.

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It was his goal to offer a desperately-needed alternative to parents in Seoul. Every day, there were more and more incidents of abandonment, illustrating the severity of the situation. One mother who was in contact with Lee Jong-rak  had even prepared poison with which to kill herself and her baby.  

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Somehow, Jong-rak managed to convince the mother not to kill the baby and herself. From that point on, he knew that his decision to install the baby box had been correct. Nevertheless, he had his doubts. He feared that no one would make use of the opportunity—but he was wrong.

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The babies came—and in numbers: in the night, during the day, many with no explanation and some with letters. Pastor Jong-rak  adopted 10 of the  children himself, but the law won't allow him to adopt any more. Nevertheless,  there seems to be no end in sight. Alongside Pastor Jong-rak, his wife and a small team of volunteers care for the babies and children and they don't have to be  put into state orphanages. At the state orphanage, they'd simply be one among the hundreds. It's a very impersonal upbringing. Instead, the pastor and his team  personally take care of the babies as if they were their own children. They live and care for the little souls, who  otherwise may  have died on the streets.



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