After three years of fighting and destruction, the Republic of Korea is trying to rise its feet again, but the road from ruin to revival is strewn with difficulties. Cities and villages have been destroyed, communications disrupted and there are great shortages of homes, food, clothing and fuel. The United Nations has set up the UN Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) to help in the basic rebuilding of the country. Financed by voluntary contributions from governments, it works closely with the Government of the Republic of Korea and cooperates with other organizations having objectives similar to its own. Set up jointly by UNKRA and the American Korean Foundation, the Tongnae Physical Rehabilitation Center, near Pusan, does vital work in rehabilitating the halt and the maimed.
This photograph shows Sgt. Sim, an inmate of the Center, who designed and built an artificial limb with a special swivel knee that enables him to squat in the traditional Korean way.