“When I became a guard, there were 300,000 prisoners.”
area probably know they exist. But ordinary North Korean residents will not have much knowledge about the political prison camps. [The Workers’ Party
ey are camouflaged to look like an ordinary North Korean village. So unless someone from the prison camp itself tells you their own story, you can’t r
“China should accept North Koreans as refugees.”Koreans as refugees.”
camps is essential for maintenance of the [North Korean] regime. Kim Il Sung created these camps. He wanted to purge people who were against his will. [Kim
“Even though you are suffering horribly, always look for the light of hope.”
unity to take action, to show interest, the North Korean government will not budge. Furthermore, North Korea will not even listen or be influenced by the st
se, during the 24 years that I lived in the North Korean prison, there was not enough food for us to eat. Also, I had no freedom to decide whether a particu
Shin Dong-hyuk discusses the value in learning from other activists.
e able to deal with this issue.Korean defectors help other North Korean people, is if the defector still has parents inside North Korea t
“There are dictators that would starve their citizens and deny what is in every person's soul and DNA: Freedom.”
nbsp;Korean regime with regard to the suffering of the people of North Korea. I believe that China is just like
g on, and to alleviate the suffering of the North Korean people.
in 2005. Of course, looking back now, after South Koreans have studied this issue, it wasn't that difficult compared to how it is now for North Koreans to c
“There was no love, no desire to give them things or help them.”
tioning my existence. Korean government, there are 5 political prison camps in operation, with an estimated 154,000 inmates inca
“I was born in a political prison camp where I lived for 24 years.”
Kang Chol-hwan discusses his concept of freedom.
he relationship between the United States and the Korean peninsula is quite close. We have a very strong alliance and relationship between the United States
rily. I had to make a lot of deals with the North Korean military. I had to bribe them with beer and other drinks. They informed me that the shift change fo