I was in Seoul for the first time recently and had the opportunity to sit down with a number of the couples and families who are fighting the rising number of children who are born with Down Syndrome and who are trying to conceive.
In the early days of the diagnosis, it was thought that up to 5,000 children were born with the condition in South Korea.
Today, the figure is at around 3,500.
The number of births is so high that in South-east Asia, the number of Down Syndrome babies born has jumped from 8,000 in 2004 to almost 14,000 today.
A mother with Down syndrome takes her baby to the hospital for a check-up.
“I can’t tell you how many people have come to me with their children.
I have never seen such a large number of people who are suffering with this disease in one place,” said a woman named Kim in her late 50s who lives in Seoul.
She has two children with Downs Syndrome.
Kim’s youngest child is six months old.
I spoke with her, who asked that her first name not be used to protect her family, and she said she had a very hard time finding employment in her first few years with her children, and has never had the chance to take care of them.
It took her about three years to find work and then another two years to get her first child up to standard, Kim said.
Despite having children with a genetic condition, she was unable to afford a home for them.
She said she spent most of her savings on child care.
When I first met her, Kim was living in a room with no furniture and a cardboard box full of diapers.
This was before the Internet and smartphones.
But now she is living in her own apartment, and her youngest child attends preschool at her school.
Her son is now about five years old.
“I think he’s my first-born, but it’s not his first birthday,” she said.
The average age of a South Korean woman who is pregnant with a child with Down’s Syndrome is about 34 years old, according to the government.
In Seoul, about 10% of babies born with that condition are born into families that are married.
About 1,200 South Koreans with Down are married, and they have an average of eight children, according, the Korea Federation of Families.
As a result, there are a lot of families who live on the edge of poverty and who struggle to feed their families.
At least 70% of all South Korean families that I spoke to had two children born with it.
They are also far from being the only people who suffer from the condition.
An average of 8.6% of South Koreans who are pregnant with Down have a child that will have Down syndrome.
And the number is increasing in South Africa, where the number has more than doubled in the last five years.
So the number one cause of this is a lack of support for the family, said one of the mothers in the interview, who only gave her firstname, Yoon.
My son is five years and five months old, and we have been able to provide him with the best life possible, but the family situation is really difficult.
There is a lot more to the situation than just that.
Yoon said she and her husband were able to raise their son as long as they were able because the government was not there to help them.
The government, she said, told them, “If you can’t afford a house, go and look for one.”
But even after that, there were other hurdles.
We had to pay for everything, including food, medicine, clothes, and even the diapers. “
But I had a good job, and I was able to save enough money to give our son a good education.”
We had to pay for everything, including food, medicine, clothes, and even the diapers.
Yoon said the government has provided little help.
‘A very difficult situation’In South Korea, it is the country’s most common diagnosis.
More than a quarter of the children born each year are born to women with Down, according the government, and the number rises to 25% for babies with Down with a diagnosis.
In South Africa the rate of births with Down is up from 20% in 2004, to 35% today, according a 2014 study by the countrys National Institute of Health and Welfare.
South-Korean couples who have children with the disorder often struggle to raise them in a society that has changed in recent years.
Many couples, especially older ones, are struggling to keep up with the cost of raising a child.
Mental health workers in South Korean hospitals have said that they are seeing more cases of anxiety,