Fridays for Future: Climate protest in South Korea | AFP

People in Seoul hold a protest as part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement to demand faster action to tackle climate change. More than 5,000 events are planned worldwide, culminating in a massive rally in New York, where 1.1 million students in around 1,800 public schools have been given permission to skip school. IMAGES

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Protesters gather in support of South Korea’s ex-president Park | AFP

Protesters in Seoul gather outside the Supreme Court in support of South Korea’s ex-president Park Geun-hye. A ruling is expected in the former leader’s final appeal against a corruption conviction which saw her being ousted in 2017.  IMAGES

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Alternate lives: Korean orphans’ quests for answers | AFP

Abandoned by his mother, Jo was taken into South Korea’s orphanage system but never chosen by a new family. He spent the rest of his childhood in what he describes as brutal and rigidly hierarchical institutions. Now he and other South Korean orphans are telling their stories in a short film by a South Korean adoptee himself, on display as an art exhibit in Seoul.

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Seoul residents mark Liberation Day with anti-Japan rally | AFP

Seoul residents gather to mark the 74th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation and protest against the policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, amid high tensions between the two countries over wartime compensation.

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S. Korean man kills himself as dispute with Japan escalates | AFP

A South Korean man has died after setting himself on fire in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, police say, amid an ongoing trade and diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan.

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South Korea dog meat protesters hounded by farmers | AFP

South Korean dog farmers defiantly gobble down canine meat at a counter-protest to an animal rights demonstration in Seoul.

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Lost lessons: N. Koreans get ‘re-education’ in the South | AFP

North Koreans who escape from their impoverished country often struggle in the South from a lack of basic knowledge. Wooridul School in Seoul is a special-purpose academy which offers defectors free education.

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