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Effects of Child Labor

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This image shows effect hard labor had on Shin's legs. They have become bowed fro lack of nutrition and the child labor he endured while inside of the camps. They are also horribly scared from years if beatings and unhealed injuries. I was surprised when I saw this image because Harden talks about the effect hard labor had on Shin in the novel, but this is the first picture where I have actually seen the effects.

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Satellite Photo of a Prison Camp

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This is a satellite photo of part of a North Korean prison camp. In the novel, Shin worked on a farm that probably looked very similar to the image. Personally, I was surprised by the size of by the size of this camp.

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North Korean Labor Camps - VICE NEWS - Part 1 of 7 - YouTube

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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In North Korean Labor Camps, Shane Smith and his vice team travel to the middle of nowhere in Siberia to view North Korean labor camps first hand. Kim Jong Il created labor camps in Siberia that are almost identical to the ones in North Korea to gain resources that are rare in the homeland. The camps in Siberia are not as strict as those in North Korea because many of the camp members have family in North Korea, so they have so much more to lose if the are disobedient or if they try to run away. In the Siberian camps, workers still work and live in terrible dangerous conditions with minimal food and no days off. Also the workers usually work inside of the camps for ten year sentences before they are brought home to North Korea. While at the camps, the North Korean secretary refuses to let Smith and his team film and walk around, but they still manage to talk to some lumber workers before

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Physical Map of North Korea and North Korea Physical Map

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North Korea is a communist nation led by the dictator Kim Jong Eun. The nation has almost completely isolated itself from the rest of the world thus gaining the name, "the hermit kingdom". North Korea has been ravaged by famine and poverty for years due to the very poor governing of the Kim dynasty.

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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 is one of the major charity organizations that works across the globe to benefit the people of North Korea. Liberty in North Korea, also known as LiNK, raises money to help smuggle North Korean refugees out of North Korea and into neighboring China or South Korea. The rescue of the refugees is cost free to them and it prevents the refugees from being exploited by brokers who also smuggle people out of North Korea. According to the website, 231 refugees have been rescued and that it take $2,500 to fund a rescue. The 3,000 mile journey to safety outside of North Korea is described by LiNK as a modern underground railroad for refugees. The refugees being smuggled out come from all over the country and some are even prison camp escapees and survivors. 

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Political Classification and Social Structure in North Korea

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Testimony by Kongdan Oh, to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (6/5/03)
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 In the article, "Political Classification and Social Structure in North Korea", Kongdon Oh outline the class structure in North Korea. According to Kongdan, North Korea is broken into three social and political classes, the core class, the wavering class, and the hostile class. The core class includes people who the government deems loyal to them and the core class encompasses about 25% of the population. Next, the wavering class includes the people whose loyalty to the government is suspect and the wavering class contains about 50% of North Korea's population. Lastly, the hostile class includes members of the population who the government sees as politically unreliable and it includes about 25% of the population. According to the article the people of North Korea were placed into these categories after three years of research into each persons life and family history, done by the government under Kim Il Sung from 1967 to 1970. Kongdan Oh says that every person's social class is unknown by the individual, nut it affects their employment, food, housing, medical care, and place of residence. Lastly, anyone's class status can be re-examined anytime an individual comes in contact with the North Korean authorities.

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Shin's Torture

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This is a drawing from the novel, "Escape From Camp 14". It depicts Shin being brutally tortured in the secret underground prison under Camp 14. Shin is placed here with his father after his mother and brother try to escape and are caught. I was shocked that the guards were so brutal to Shin when he was only a child at the time.

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The Keys to the Kim-Dom

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In The Keys to the Kim-Dom, Rosemary Righter explains how the Kim Dynasty has survived this long. She says that the dynasty has mainly relies upon, aid from foreign nations, propaganda, deception, prison camps and now its' newly created nuclear weapons program to keep the country in check. The Kim's have turned themselves into deities and each one has ruled with an iron fist. The people of North Korea live in constant fear of being arrested and thrown into the prison camps that "don't exist". Also, nations around the world are bribed, blackmailed, and threatened with nuclear weapons by North Korea in order to gain money and aid. According to Righter, not even China is safe from the Kim's deception. North Korea continued to develop their nuclear weapons program even after they agreed with China to stop the program. Righter says that China was infuriated, but they cannot do anything about it because North Korea buffers China from the democracy in the west. Because of this, China is North Korea's only protection form the United Sates and South Korea. Lastly, Righter says that North Korea and the Kim dynasty are full of uncertainty, so there is no way of knowing what will transpire inside of the country in the coming years.

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Secret-Prison-Camps-In-North-Korea-300x225.jpg (300x225 pixels)

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Inside of the secret prison camps of North Korea, prisoners are beaten, tortured, killed and executed at the whim of the guards. Shin from "Escape From Camp 14" was born inside one of these camps and he lived there for 23 years before he was able to escape. This photo angers me because it displays the harsh beatings done to the innocent and defenseless prisoners trying to survive inside of the camps.

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Photos show scale of North Korea's repressive prison camps -- Amnesty

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North Korea is showing no signs of scaling back its fearsome labor camp system, with torture, starvation, rape and death a fact of life for tens of thousand of inmates, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
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In Photos Show Scale of North Korea’s Repressive Prison Camps--Amnesty, Paul Armstrong discusses labor camps in North Korea. The labor camps in North Korea are a big deal because the government denies their existence. However, the pictures from this article prove that they do indeed exist. Guests that are brought to North Korea from other countries never see these camps, as they are directed away from them and only see the things North Korea wants them to see. These labor camps are savage and are more evidence that shows North Korea’s crimes against humanity. Inside these labor camps, prisoners are worked until death; they are raped, beaten, starved, tortured and killed. The labor camps inside North Korea are ruthless, and this is just what we know about them. However, we still do not know very much about them because of the extreme secrecy around them.

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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West: Blaine Harden: 9780143122913: Amazon.com: Books

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

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In Escape from Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the remarkable story of Shin In Geun, a prisoner in one of North Korea's many prison camps. One of the unique things about Shin's story is that he was actually born inside of the camp as a result of his parents reward marriage for working hard. Shin is currently the only person born inside of a North Korean prison camp that is known to have escaped. The First half of the story talks about Shin's survival in the camp. He tells us that he was brain washed from the very beginning to snitch on his friends and family, and that he deserved to be inside of the camp because of his "bad blood". Because of this Shin endures all of the torture and hard work he is put through by the guards so he can clean his bad blood. Shin goes on to tell us about his days in school and how a six year old girl was beaten to death in his class for keeping pieces of corn in her pocket. He even says that he believed she deserved it at the time because stealing was against one of the camps ten rules. Shin continues to speak about his many beatings, the daily hard work, and the constant pressure to snitch. He then goes on to tell us how he snitched on his mother and brother who were planning to escape because snitching is what you are supposed to do. However, even though he told a guard about their escape plan, the guard takes all the credit for the arrest, so Shin and his father are sent to be tortured in an underground prison inside of the camp. shin and his father are held in the camp for months being brutally tortured by the guards. Shin and his father are eventually let out of the prison because the guards find out that Shin was the one who snitched on his mom and brother. Shin goes on to tell us about his mother's and brothers execution and how he was so mad at them for causing his torture. After the execution Shin goes on to finish school and at age 16 he graduates and is assigned to work o a pig farm where he says were the best days of his life inside the camp. However, this does not last very long and Shin is reassigned to a garment factory. Inside the factory, conditions are terrible and Shin gets his finger cut off for dropping a sewing machine He also makes a friend inside of the factory who tells shin about the outside world and together him and shin create an escape plan. One day when Shin and his friend are working near the the fence, they make a run for it. Shin's friend does not make it and dies on top of the electric fence, but shin makes to freedom. After he escapes the camp, Shin bribes and steals his way to China where he lives for about a year before he travels to South Korea. In South Korea Shin tells the story of his life inside of the camp and he is connected with the LiNK charity organization. LiNK takes him to U.S. where he begins to tell hi story across the country. Shin Lived in the United States till 2011 and currently lives in Seoul South Korea, where he continues to tell his story. 

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