A lesser known fact in South Korea’s history is the contribution of soldiers from countries like India and Ethiopia in defending the fledgling state from its northern archenemy during the Korean War (1950-1953). Ethiopia – more prosperous than Korea in the 1950s – sent over 3,000 troops to help the South Koreans. As reported by the Hankyoreh, one of them took pity on an infant left orphaned by the war, taking him back to his unit and taking care of him for three years. Now, this veteran – aged 84 – wants to find the boy he rescued.
(photos of Ethiopian veteran Bulcha, Korean orphan Park Dong-hwa, and Ethiopian soldiers with Park Dong-hwa. Source: the Hankyoreh)