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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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A boy named Shin is in a prison labor camp in North Korea's harshest places for the actions his family committed against the North Korean government. As he grows up in Camp 14, he lives with his mom and brother. Food supply is weak and must be earned by his effort during the day in the camp. One of the ways to earn food is to snitch on other prisoners for doing wrong. One night as Shin sees his mother and brother planning an escape Shin reveals this information to a guard who reports the information as his own discovery.With the guards interrogating Shin about his knowledge of the escape he suffers great torture and is put in prison. After the guards realize Shin made the discovery he is still put in prison. A man named Uncle nurses Shin back to health and after being released from prison Shin is sent back to school where later he graduates. The class is split up and sent to job sites around the camp and Shin is sent to the farm. After lacking in the farm he is sent to the sewing factory. One day while working in the factory Shin dropped a sewing machine and as his punishment he had his middle finger cut off. As Shin continues to work Shin begins to think about escaping after hearing what life is like on the outside and the amount of food there is. On January 2, 2005 Shin plans his escape with a man named Park. As he escapes he moves north and eventually reaches China with a group of people. Later he is able to make it to South Korea. After reaching the South Korean embassy he is questioned to make sure he truly is a defector. Shin joins the LiNK organization to help people like him get out of North Korea. Later, he finds himself living in California. As he enjoys the food on the outside he still has no idea on how to cope with the change or how life is on the outside.

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In the Eyes of Its Leader

In the Eyes of Its Leader | North Korea | Scoop.it
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With Kim Jung Un as North Korea's communist political leader, he portrays the image of a friendly Korean. To the public eye of other countries people see North Korea as any other country going through economic loss. The truth is that the middle class and lower class are suffering from starvation while its leader turns a blind eye.

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North Korea heads toward hunger; World Food Program says it needs $100 million to battle food shortages.(WORLD)

North Korea heads toward hunger; World Food Program says it needs $100 million to battle food shortages.(WORLD) | North Korea | Scoop.it

The Christian Science Monitor, Oct 19, 2006

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With growing nuclear improvements in North Korea, many food aid programs are retracting their help. However, Kim Jung Il had also requested that the food programs be stopped anyways. Since 1995 the United States had given over a billion in food aid to help the North Korean population. The united States started helping by giving 100,000 tons of food per year but that quickly escalated to 500,000 tons per year. While food aid is being shut down, South Korea feels obligated to help trying to bring peace to both sides. As a result of North Korea's nuclear test the United Nations has started to cut all support until North Korea stops its building of nuclear weapons. The North Korean government believes they will not fall into a famine but the people who are suffering the most and will continue to suffer are the ordinary people.

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Liberty in North Korea

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The North Korean PEOPLE have massive potential to drive change in their country. We exist to empower the PEOPLE.
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Liberty in North Korea talks about how millions of people across many countries are trying to drive change into North Korea. Refugees are rescuing people escaping into China and trying to protect them from the North Korean government and the Chinese sex traffickers that are trying to exploit the escaped North Koreans. The main goal of this organization is to bring the proper resources to North Koreans and help the escape out of the harsh conditions. It cost $2,500 to rescue on refugee. The main reason for such a high cost is due to the extreme of rescuing a defector. The money allows for refugees to be secretly taken out of the country and allows them to receive the resources needed to start new and make it alive to their new home. Many defectors are able to escape and have joy but sometimes the trauma of being in such a place causes mental problems which the organization helps to pay for by providing them with the resources that they need.

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The Cleanest Race

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Understanding North Korea through its propaganda What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world aroun...
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I would recommend  this book as it offers insight into how North Koreans view themselves. This offers a different persective coming from the North Koreans not in prison camps. This book may help society and its critics shy away from a single-story.

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North Korea Through the Eyes of Witnesses - YouTube

[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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North Korea offers two different perspectives from the outside the prison camps and the inside the camp. The main thing that stays the same is hunger and starvation taking over the North Korea. Also the video talks about how the government restricts the economy through its market places. The women in the video talk about how North Korean troops would come by the market and collect some of the money made keeping them in poverty. Also, the women talk about how children go to school but in order for the children to move onto the universities they have to be part of the elite or there family has to have some elite descendants.Women can join the army but they have to be from the right social background. If you don't have the right background you and your family go and work in the fields. In North Korea crimes from the government officials are not really considered crimes and society turns a blind eye to the crimes. For speaking out against the government you are sent to a prison camp. In the prison camp the people suffer from beatings and torture but the worst thing is the lice and diseases people contract. Many prisoners freeze to death during the winter. If a prisoner fails to meet his quota he doesn't receive food for that day. The conditions of North Korea are terrible for everyone.

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Map of North Korea

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With North Korea under a communist governmnet it makes it easy to control it borders. With the Yellow Sea and Korea Bay to the west and the Sea of Japan to the east it provides good isolation. The border of China to the North is under control with the mountains of North Korea. Also, south of North Korea is their enemy, South Korea. This location provides for prime isolation.

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North Korea boosts tanks and special forces, says South Korea.(World)

North Korea boosts tanks and special forces, says South Korea.(World) | North Korea | Scoop.it

Donald Kirk. The Christian Science Monitor, Dec 30, 2010

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In the article about North Korea it talks about weapons, military government, and hunger. Although new weapons are in and a strong army is ready to fight the main thing that is causing issues is mass hunger. Many government officials are ready to go to war to take back South Korea. The most influential part of North Korea is the social classes that divide the people. Women in North Korea must choose a husband off of three criteria. North Korea is moving away from a mass war with many troops and moving into special forces with surprise attacks. With the increase in nuclear weapons there is an increase in the number of tanks. North Korea feels that with a new and improved special forces unit they will be able to take South Korea by surprise. With this change in military tactics it leaves over one million troops stranded with no food.

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Fake North Korea

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As North Korea's political leader warps his ideas and goals into the society this image shows the people who have bought into his ideas. While the people who have rejected his communist ideals sit rotting in a prison camp that is only known by the North Koreans who have escaped and lived to tell their stories. This single-image represents the single-story that most North Koreans live by as they suffer in hunger as North Korea bulids a stronger communist government.

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Hunger in North Korea: A Relief Aide's Stark Report.(Foreign Desk)

Hunger in North Korea: A Relief Aide's Stark Report.(Foreign Desk) | North Korea | Scoop.it

Barbara Crossette. The New York Times, Jun 11, 1997

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The article talks about how hunger is affecting everyone in North Korea. Many children are too weak to stand and the elderly are giving up their food to help the younger children. Relief organization in America are reaching out by sending food supplies to North Korea. But the lack of interest from the North Korean government has restricted the amount of aid that America can offer. The economy and agricultural structure in North Korea is weak and failing to produce crops relying mainly on the aid. Since the government hasn't gotten involved many relief organizations fear that the food is not reaching the proper people. Many children are suffering from the causes of hunger by losing hair and having close to no body fat. North Korea has recognized some famine issues and has sent the army to control fields and open food warehouses but not enough to match the people or the other aid from other countries. While the aid is limited countries like America are hoping the aid will help spring talks of treaties with North Korea into action. The most important goal right now is to help the hungry.

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