A few months after fleeing her destitute homeland for a more decent life south of the border, Park received a tempting offer from a fellow defector: She could transfer money to her family in the North for a commission fee.
 Haunted by memories of her three starved children and old mother living in Hyesan in the country’s far north Ryanggang Province, the 44-year-old defector eagerly handed over 20 million won ($17,900) to a broker — only to find out a month later not a single penny had reached her family.
*haunted: 걱정이 가득한 *starved: 굶주린 *hand over: 건내주다
 “It was all of my savings,” said Park, who arrived here several years ago and agreed to speak to The Korea Herald on condition her full name not be published.
*savings: 모아둔 돈 *agree to: 동의하다 *on condition: ~한 조건으로
 “I had spent months to find this guy, but to no avail. It is just outrageous to think that other defectors like me would easily fall prey to this kind of fraud, getting their savings wiped out.”
*to no avail: 헛되이 *outrageous: 화가 치밀어 오르는 *fall prey to: 희생양이 되다 *fraud: 사기 *wipe out: ~을 완전히 없애버리다
 In line with an influx of North Koreans here, the tally of their remittances is expected to rise. As of March 2017, a total of 30,490 from North Korea have resettled in the South, according to the Ministry of Unification.
*in line with: ~와 함께, with *influx: 유입 *tally: amount *remittance: 송금액
 No official data on their remittances is available, however, given a government ban on South Koreans wiring money to the North. The brokers sneak the funds in through acquaintances, which is also illegal in China.
 From natural disasters or ducklings trying to cross an expressway to locked doors at home, firefighters are being called to handle just about every “emergency” one can imagine.
*From A to B: A에서 B까지 *duckling: 오리새끼 *handle: 다루다, 처리하다
 These everyday heroes, however, have long been among the groups most neglected by policymakers in South Korea.
*neglect: 방치하다, 도외시하다
 Career firefighters, despite facing life-threatening dangers in the line of duty, have suffered a chronic shortage of manpower, budget and, perhaps most importantly, a collective sense of being valued.
*life-threatening: 목숨을 위협하는 *suffer: (안 좋은 것을) 겪다 *chronic shortage: 만성적인 부족
 But finally, a change may be coming.
President Moon Jae-in, who during his election campaign vowed to empower and improve working conditions of them, is seeking to establish an independent agency for the national and provincial fire service. It is currently under the Ministry of Public Safety and Security.
*vow to: 약속하다 *empower: 권한을 주다 *working conditions: 업무환경
Simultaneously, the new administration is seeking to hire 1,500 new firefighters this year, along with policemen, teachers and social workers.