Few young men in South Korea escape military service

South Korea is technically still at war with the North, meaning that two years of military service is mandatory for all able-bodied men. Though war seems hypothetical, fear of clashes with the North, lagging behind on studies and reduced job prospects weigh heavily on young men, but few go so far as to refuse to enlist. Those who trick authorities or decide to be conscientious objectors face jail time. Yena Lee and Constantin Simon report.


A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Gaëlle Essoo.

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