North Korea has come up with a new way to bring cold hard cash into its isolated country: export North Korean workers to slave away in the Siberian forest (o...
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This Documentary is about the host and narrator, Shane Smith, traveling across the far east of Siberia where many North Korean labor camps are located. His main objective is to get footage and interview some of the workers who were sent from North Korea. The first camp they reach they dont even get inside. They get shut down byt the Officer on duty. He does answer questions about how nobody would run away and how they do this for the supreme leader. Next they decide to try another camp outside of the town of Tynda. It is deserted and there are only remains of propaganda left over. They soon get back on the train and go to the city of Dipkun. They reach some of the woodlands and see the workers working but the officer soon stops them and they begin to think they will not be able to talk to the real workers. The Camera man sneaks away and began getting footage of the camp. It was full of propaganda of "The Great Leader". Pictures of him in every room and sayings on each building about how they should do anything for him. Not too long after they get kicked out. Finally they had one more chance by meeting a man named "The Fish" who is part of the Serbian Mob. He brings them in his truck to the fields of trees where the workers work. They get about 20 minutes of talking with the 4 workers near before they are compromised. The workers explain how they have 10 year shifts before they get sent home to rest for a couple weeks and then return for another 10 year shift. They also all agree they do it for the supreme leader and that the U.S. is to blame for all the problems. None of the workers realize that they are being sold for money to spend on nuclear weapons. North Korea is still at war with many countries, including the U.S.
In "Escape from a Prison-State" the Jung Tae-jun family was able to flee from the North Korean labor camps.They were able to flee up north and make it to China, where they hid like refugees for 2 years. China has signed the United Nations contract disapproving of North Korea and the labor camps, but they wouldn't do anything to help the refugees when they go to China. Many times they would round up a bunch of refugees and send them back to get executed or imprisoned for life. The South Koreans brought up a petition to the United Nations that was signed by 11.8 million. It stated that they wanted better treatment for refugees who were able to escape the North Korean reign. The South Koreans fear the possibilities that might come if they pass this but some feel it is for the best. The Jung Tae-jun family escaping brought the issue to the united nations and now they know how serious these labor camps are.
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West [Blaine Harden] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one
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Escape from Camp 14 is a riveting story about how Shin In Guen was born, raised and escaped from a concentration camp in north Korea. The book starts off with Shin at the age of four. The only reason he remembers this far back because he witnessed an execution right in front of him, which scarred his for life. He grew up in a house with his mother and they barely had any food. At the time he didn't know it was bad, but as often as he could he would steal her food. Shin went to school everyday and went to work after. These days were long and exhausting, but the kids would get beat if they complained and possibly got less food to be punished for their actions. Shin had a small group of friends from the school and work but the kids never really got to play. The only free time they got was needed for sleep. A few years passed and his mother, brother and father all decide they have had enough and want to escape. Shin gets word of this and like he was taught he reports it right away. He gets taken for questioning and soon begins to get beating for his families actions. Later he tells the guards he was the one who reported the runaway, and he never gets beat again. In the jail Shin meets a man he called Uncle. Uncle is the man who nurses Shin back to health after the beatings. Shin says he was closer to Uncle then he ever was with his real family. Years later, Shin is 23 and it is New Years day and Shin gets the chance to escape. He has his only friend Park who was originally from the outside. Park was the one who explained to Shin how being a prisoner isn't how he should live his life. There is more to the world then just this camp. Shin and Park agree to leave and they ran for the fences. They climb through the first fence and move to the second. Park tries to squeeze his way through and gets electrocuted. Shin decides not to stop and he uses Parks body as a shield from the fence. Shin escapes into rural North Korea and doesn't know what to think. He goes through the experience of learning what the real world is like compared to inside the fences of the labor Camps. Eventually Shin is able to make his way to China and see a big city for the first time. He had to move carefully everywhere he went, so nobody would throw him back into the camp. He still has nightmares about what he had done to his mother and brother in the camp. At the time he didn't know any better, he was born in one of the worst work camps ever known.
The Labor camp issues that are happening in China seem to be coming to an abrupt halt. The new committee has sent forth a new movement that will prevent people like Shin from having to live trapped in the camp forced to work just because of what his grandfather had done. This is a huge new step towards a better tomorrow for everyone in not only China but North Korea too. If China can lesson the harshness of its laws, then the ones who can escape from North Korea will have rights when they get into China. They also need to help push for more rights in its neighboring country. Also this can help China come aboard on the new plan for the UN to step in. Shin and his family had to live in the camps and work for nothing. The labor camps are a terrible system that shouldn't still be in affect today.
Many billboards and posters were put up all over North Korea. The people here are supposed to live based on the supreme leaders wishes and he never stops reminding everyone that. Whether at work or school or coming home, everything you see is about doing what is best for the supreme leader.
This article is about the United Nations and its involvement in the crimes against humanity that are happening in North Korea. Back in March there was a inquiry done by Michael Kirby that stated that there were crimes such as extermination, rape, torture and many more. (Kirby) The United Nations had a meeting soon and after and it was voted 30 to 6 is they should take action against these crimes. The North Korean Ambassador went off about how the rest of the world needs to mins its own business and let North Korea do what they want. China also agreed to veto the plan that was set in action by the UN. They will also probably veto any upcoming plans to take any action. They don't have very good human rights along with North Korea. Plus they are a big benefactor to North Korea and wouldn't want to demolish that. Michael Kirby is praising that these crimes need to stop and that the UN should step in and take action. The problem is they want to take action as peaceful as possible. They don't need a new world war erupting with North Korea taking this the wrong way. Even if not a world war, they don't want a long drawn out fight that will take tons of time and money. They would like to resolve this a peaceful as possible. But the UN knows that these crimes have to be stopped and something will go into action fast.
LEARN THE PEOPLE’S CHALLENGES No Freedom of Movement It is illegal for the North Korean people to leave their country without the regime’s permission, and the regime attempts to restrict the people’s movement even inside their own country. If you wish to travel to another part of the country, you are supposed to have a …
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This is one positive aspect working to fix dozens of crimes happening in North Korea that Shin was able to start. Most people know that North Korea is up to no good but almost none of them actually know the inside story. This website gives a perfect insight on the terrible crimes that nobody knows are happening. They are all short stories that are parallels to the novel Shin shared about his 23 years in the camp. They go on to explain how the only "freedom" of speech that they have has to be what the opinion of the regime approves. If they don't get approval on what they say then there whole family will get sent to prison and possibly executed. Inhumane ideals are being used in North Korea and both the book, Escape from Camp 14, and this website do a great job informing us, but still more needs to be done. These people in the camps don't know what "normal" life is and never will is we don't fix the laws and problems across the LZ.
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