Wonhee Lee, February 18, 2008, translation by Greg Scarlatoiu:
The North Korean authorities are undergoing a change in perception regarding the people living with disabilities. North Korea is now no longer reluctant to request assistance for the disabled.
For a long time now, it has been known that it’s impossible to see or meet disabled people on the streets of Pyongyang. Los Angeles-based Shalom Disability Ministries has been distributing wheelchairs to the disabled of North Korea. For a while now, this organization has been telling the world that North Korea is embarrassed to even admit the existence of its disabled, but Shalom representatives have recently told RFA that views on the disabled appear to be changing in the reclusive communist state.