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Escape from Camp 14

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A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and surv...
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At the beginning of the book, Shin is a young boy in a labor camp in North Korea called camp 14. In camp 14, the “prisoners” are treated poorly. They are malnourished, overworked and beaten. Shin is in a constant competition for food and even goes to the extreme of stealing from his own mother. If that’s not bad enough, he later snitches on his mother and brother for their escape plan of camp 14. When they attempt to escape, they are shot on the spot. Shin is questioned if he knows about the escape plans, but he refuses that he had any previous knowledge of his mother’s plans. Because of his lack of confession, Shin was placed in a camp prison and tortured horribly. He becomes frail and weak, as his body tortured and he is rarely fed. Fortunately, a man in his jail cell, he refers to as uncle brings him back to health. Once released from the jail cell, he returns to primary school. Primary school is tough on the children because the teachers are mean and mistreat the students. Luckily, Shin’s teacher spares him food and rarely hits him because he knows Shin’s story. Upon graduation from primary school, Shin and his classmates are divided up among jobs in camp 14. Shin is first sent to a farm, where he becomes a little lazy and steals food. After about a year, Shin is sent to a textile factory where he works. One day, he drops and sewing machine and the guards cut off one of his fingers. After some time a man named Park comes to the textile factory to oversee production. Park tells all about what he is missing from being stuck in the work camp. It is at this point Shin decides to escape. Shin and Park decide to escape January 2, 2005. As they try and climb over the fence, Park is electrocuted to death, but Shin escapes. He quickly changes clothes in a nearby city and follows a group of men up North along the Tumen River to China. Eventually, he makes it out of North Korea where he is safe in China. After spending some time in China, Shin is sent to South Korea for safety. Finally, Shin moves to California, where he releases his story.



 

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North Korean children close to starvation while the elite prosper

North Korean children close to starvation while the elite prosper | North Korea | Scoop.it

New Zealand Herald (Auckland, New Zealand), Jun 16, 2012

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This article explores the issue of starvation and food crisis in North Korea, especially among the children. Millions of North Korean children are starved and aren't receiving the proper medical attention to grow and develop sufficiently. This malnourishment is stunting growth and leaving children mentally insufficient. North Korea doesn't produce enough food to feed all of its citizens. This is why they rely heavily on donations from other countries. South Korea is one of the major donators, but even so many North Korean are starving and left begging for food. Many other donors are skeptical. They feel that the food may never reach the ones in need because the wealthy elite and the million man army will monopolize the food. This is a growing problem in North Korea and has been publicly acknowledged as a severe food shortage by the North Korean government. Abortion rate is increasing amongst North Koreans as they realize their child will not have enough food to properly grow up. This problem needs to be addressed or the newer classes of North Korea will not be able to grow up to be contributing members of the country.

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North Korea Through the Eyes of Witnesses

[Support NKHR and our education programs: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/learningfreedom.] The video presents women, children and political prison camp...
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The video clip shows what life is really like in North Korea. The video begins by explaining the social divide and the importance that a family name can have for someone. The upper class families are given many more opportunities and privileges than the lower class is. Next, the video demonstrates the difficulties of the day to day life in North Korea. It shows how people will do pretty much anything in order to survive. Many are even willing to risk their lives to escape North Korea. Another issue the video addresses is child labor, especially at work camps. Children are forced to do difficult manual labor for countless hours. The children are rarely fed and are expecting to exert a lot of energy doing exhausting work. On top of this, the video shows how poorly the prisoners at these work camps are treated. The guards would beat the prisoners and would sometimes even spit in their mouths. The main message that the video was trying to portray is that North Koreans have lost their dignity and human rights.

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Kim Jong Un

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Kim Jong Un is the current leader of North Korea.  He is just the next in line of power that has mistreated North Koreans for years.  Strangely, he is very good friend with Dennis Rodman.  Kim Jong Un is hot headed when it comes to his military and has threatened to start a nuclear war with the US. 

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Brainwashing

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This photo shows the people of North Korea bowing down and praising their corrupt leaders.  The long line of horrible leaders in North Korea have consistently brainwashed their people into thinking they are acting in the best interest of the people.  These starving, poor people are lead to believe their leaders can do no wrong.  This is discusting and the people should be informed of the awful things their leaders are doing. 

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Map of North Korea

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North Korea is a very mountainous and hilly landmass.  It borders the  Yellow Sea and Korea bay off the west coast and the Sea of Japan off the east coast.  The mountains and hills are separated by low valleys.  The beautiful country of North Korea is off limits to travel due to a dictatorial, militaristic government.  I do not advise travel to any part of North Korea. 

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Food Crisis-North Korea

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This article talks about the food crisis in North Korea. According to the article, nearly 3 million people have died from starvation in North Korea since 1995. Also, the article mentions ways people tried to stop their hunger. They would eat bark of trees and grass roots in order to fight their hunger. North Koreans would also sell their furniture and clothing in order for a little food. The article also goes into depth about the causes of the food crisis in North Korea. There are two main causes of the food crisis: natural disasters and a dictatorship government with socialist aspects. When these two fuse together, people starve. Natural disasters, especially flooding have destroyed farms and killed trade, while the government has rationed food and poorly supplied its people. The people in North Korea do not have the supply of food in order to maintain a healthy life. It is no shocker that millions have died from hunger.

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North of the DMZ

North of the DMZ | North Korea | Scoop.it
The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for over 60 years. Most of that period has found the country suffering under mature Stalinism chara...
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"North of The DMZ" caught my attention because of its insight of the daily life in North Korea.  I find it fascinating how difficult and miserable life is in North Korea.  While reading "Escape From Camp 14", I started to understand the way life is in North Korea.  I would read "North of The DMZ" to further understand the struggles of daily life in a starving and economically distressed country. 

 

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Rescuing Refugees - Liberty in North Korea

Rescuing Refugees - Liberty in North Korea | North Korea | Scoop.it
We’re rescuing North Korean refugees who are vulnerable to exploitation & forced repatriation. WHY WE RESCUE WE RESCUE REFUGEES HIDING IN CHINA THROUGH A 3,500-MILE MODERN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.
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This website belongs to a group called Liberty in North Korea. This amazing group helps rescue refugees that are stranded in China free of charge. Through a 3,500 mile underground railroad, these North Korean refugees are ensured safety. If the people who escaped to China are caught, they are sent back to North Korea where they are forced to brutal beatings and torture. Many of the people who escape to China do not have the ability or money to get themselves out of China. Liberty in North Korea allows these people a free, safe way to make their way to freedom. The most amazing thing is the organization treats these refugees with so much respect and kindness. They treat them well from start to finish on the route to freedom. Liberty in North Korea rescues refugees who have escaped to China and do not have the connections to get out.

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Survivors Report Torture in North Korea Labor Camps

Survivors Report Torture in North Korea Labor Camps | North Korea | Scoop.it
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This article highlights the horrible, yet truthful situation of labor camps in North Korea. The article talks about the treatment of people at these labor camps. A woman named Li Sun Ok, mentions the experience of one of her friends. Her friend was caught stealing a beet. Her friend was arrested on the spot and never allowed to see her children again. She was then shot in front of all the camp to see. A man named Mr. Kang spoke about the long days of difficult work, lasting up to 16 hours. He also spoke about the beatings the prisoners received and how the prisoners were not feed well, so they experienced sever malnutrition. With these accounts coming from people who have escaped, the article also speaks about how North Korea shuts off the outside. From what we know, these accounts parallel accurate stories, but there is no way to know for sure. The South Korean government estimates there are approximately 12 concentration camps in North Korea, hosting about 100,000 prisoners. This is a horrible ratio and one of the many causes of mistreated prisoners.

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