[Anchor Lead]Statistics show that one out of every 10 Korean women live alone. This phenomenon is more prominent among women aged 60 or older and most of them are said to be in the low-income bracket.[Pkg]77-year-old Kim Jong-sun has been living alone, apart from her family, for seven years now. Her diabetes is growing worse, but her life has become even more unbearable after her basic pension payment was cut off.[Soundbite] Kim Jong-sun(77-year-old) : "Children are having a hard time, so the parents are naturally having difficulties, too. It's getting worse every year."At this senior citizens' center in downtown Seoul, there are more elderly women than men.[Soundbite] "Raise your hand if you live by yourself."Most of them live by themselves.[Soundbite] Kim Ju-rye(Official, Jung-gu District Office, Seoul) : "There are far more women, about 60%. They all suffer from poverty."Statistics Korea has found that the number of women living alone doubled to more than 2.6 million since 2000. 43% of female one-person households are aged 60 or older. While men who live alone are distributed evenly among all age groups, women are concentrated in groups aged 50 or older. Most of them live in poverty, with 80% of over-60 women living alone earning less than 1 million won in average monthly income.[Soundbite] Yeo Hwa-ja(78-year-old) : "I get basic pension and a small allowance from my son."At the current rate, the number of single woman households will increase to nearly 3.9 million by 2045, and nearly 70% of them will be aged 60 or older.
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