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Dying to Communicate: North Koreans Struggle for Access to the Outside World

Dying to Communicate: North Koreans Struggle for Access to the Outside World | Escape from Camp 14: North Korea | Scoop.it
North Korea prevents its 24.5 million people from accessing the internet, but there's a fairly established system for smuggling technological devices into the country.
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North Korea is so obsessed with thereselves that they make sure all the media is about North Korea. Also, all of the news needs to be positive and can never be against North Korea in anyway. As more and more defectors are reaching South Korea, they are sending care packages back to there families in North Korea without getting caught.

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Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader | Escape from Camp 14: North Korea | Scoop.it
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim...
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This is the next book I would read after Escape from Camp 14. I would like to read this because I want to know how Kim Sung-Il came to power. I also want to find out why he treated his people so unfairly and how it justified his need for absolute power.

 

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The Keys to the Kim-Dom.(International Edition)(North Korea and the political dynasty of the Kim's)

The Keys to the Kim-Dom.(International Edition)(North Korea and the political dynasty of the Kim's) | Escape from Camp 14: North Korea | Scoop.it
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In the article "The Keys to the Kim-Dom.(International Edition)(North Korea and the political dynasty of the Kim's)," the Kim dynasty is toted as brainwashing egotistic rulers. The sporadic decision making that is often associated with the Kim dynasty was started by Kim Sung-Il. Kim Sung-Il taught his son, Kim Jong-Il that unpredictable behavior was an acceptable way to gain money, food aid, and oil from other countries. An example of this would be when the United State of America contacted North Korea to stop there nuclear program. North Korea would then ask for food if the United States wanted the nuclear program stop forever. Even though North Korea receives the food, they often ignore the request to stop all nuclear programs. Another instance of this cynical tactic was when North Korea performed their first nuclear weapons test. The year before, China and North Korea had talks and came to an agreement that North Korea would stop once and for all in, and in return acquire aid and political concessions.

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Liberty in North Korea

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Liberty in North Korea, located in Terrence, California, is a non-profit organization and there mission is to rescue refugees of North Korea. Liberty in North Korea has a intern program that is meant to raise awareness for the oppressive North Korea. The interns train and prepare for 5 weeks and then split up into 5 teams to conduct seminars all over the United States. In 2012 Liberty in North Korea rescued 40 refugees and raised $532,592. The 40 refugees have started new lives and families so they can enjoy a normal life.

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In North Korea, State-Run News Agency Is Preferred Weapon.

In North Korea, State-Run News Agency Is Preferred Weapon. | Escape from Camp 14: North Korea | Scoop.it
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In the article, "In North Korea, State-Run News Agency Is Preferred Weapon." explains why the North Korean media is heavily suppressed. North Korea's main news and media outlet is the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). North Korea often reports news a day later than South Korea or other nations. The reason this happens is not because of any technology issues, but because that the North is so strict. Also, the delayed reporting is due to the six levels of editing and censorship before being published. Even though their news is usually being reported a day later, the North's propaganda department makes sure that every story is in North's favor and that North does the only good things in the world. The KCNA brainwashes North Korean's by telling them that South Korea's economy is falling, even though it is not. Additionally, they also reported that defectors that move to South Korea often lead tough lives. In the end, the North Korean news and media outlets tell lies to brainwash there own citizens thinking that the rest of the world is corrupt and destructive.

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Map of Camp 14

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This image shows the size of the boundaries for Camp 14. Camp 14 is located north of Pyongyang, capital of North Korea. Camp 14 is also located next to the Taedong River.

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North Korean Labor Camps - VICE NEWS - Part 5 of 7

Shane and Simon head off to Tataul and link up with a member of the local mafia known as "The Fish". From there they drive out into the forest and into an ac...
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In VICE's 7 part video series "North Korean Labor Camps" shows that there are additional labor camps in Siberia. These labor camps are specifically lumber yards. The lumber yards are used to create profit for North Korea, which mostly go into the military and Kim Jong-Un himself. North Korean's are sent here without a choice, but they still remain loyal to the nation even though the living conditions are atrocious. Some persons stay at these labor camps for up to 10 years. These North Koreans will stay for that long because they show that they are specialized in working with machinery. Most stay for 2-3 years though, and they never return to the labor camps in Siberia. When the Vice reporter and his companions finally reach a North Korean labor camp after several days on a train, they are then questioned rigorously why they are filming and where there permit is for a visit. They are then asked to leave the labor camp. Fortunately they manage to reach an abandoned lumber yard and discovery all sorts of North Korean propaganda.

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Starving in silence.(International News)

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The article "Starving in silence.(International News)" explains exactly why North Korea has a nonexistent agriculture and reoccurring famines. According to the United Nations, 8.7 million out of 23 million people in North Korea are in desperate need for food. North Korea is getting less and less food and fertilizer aid because they will not stop nuclear tests. Also, whenever food is given to North Korea, often times most of the food will not make it to people in need. Not only does the government steal the food, but also the fertilizer to grow crops. North Korea would take the fertilizer and use it for military purposes to create chemical weapons. Then ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, only focused on putting money into the military. The people of North Korea believe that since they have a strong military that their economy will finally turn around, then in turn have more crops being grown. On the contrary, the government has brainwashed the people so rigorously that in actuality it is the government's fault that their economy is so horrid.

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Helping Hands Korea | Assisting North Koreans in Crisis

Helping Hands Korea | Assisting North Koreans in Crisis | Escape from Camp 14: North Korea | Scoop.it
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Helping Hands Korea is a Christian mission that provides food aid to famine-ridden areas in northeast North Korea. They also provide relief to North Korean refugees in China. They provide relief by making sure the refugees won't get caught by the Chinese and sent back to North Korea to be punished Helping Hands Korea was created in 1990 by Tim Peters, and several individuals and organizations in South Korea to help feed North Koreans. Helping Hands Korea is not only providing food, but also relieving there lives by using the belief in Jesus Christ. They are located in East Asia.

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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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Shin Dong-hyuk was born into hell on earth. He was born in the political prison Camp 14 North of Pyongyang, along the Taedong River. Shin was born into this camp because a few generations before Shin had committed treason against the North Korean government. The only way to cleanse Shin's family is to work at Camp 14 for three generations of his family. Shin was not given a chance to live a normal life. Due to Shin being born into the camp's regulations and rules, he did not know if this was normal or not. Shin could only accept the situation he was in, so he followed some of the guidelines the camp had in order to make Shin's life "better." An example of this is that you should tell a guard if you hear about a possible escape plan. Shin was taught to snitch. Shin snitched on his mother and brother in order to get more food and less beatings. His mother and brother were later executed and Shin did not feel sorry. Once Shin gets to South Korea, he realizes what he had done and feels horrible guilt for it. Shin's journey to South Korea was very long and dangerous. Shin was motivated to escape by his co-worker Park. They planned an escape to China then eventually to South Korea but Park died from the electric fence surrounding Camp 14. Shin then wonders to near by cities and towns scavaging for food and escaping possible trouble. He eventually learns about were the most common area of escape into China is. In order to get into China, Shin had to walk across a frozen river. Shin makes it across but he falls in too, in turn making his feet very cold. Shin later finds a farmer that needs cheap labor. After a few months Shin leaves and travels all over China searching for a job and help. Shin eventually runs into a South Korean Journalist and is then brought to South Korea and begins to share his experience in Camp 14. Shin starts to gain attention from various human right's groups. Shin then travels to California to work for LiNK, a organization spreading awareness of the gulags in North Korea.

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