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Somewhere Inside

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On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the ...
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This is a personal story of two girls, Laura Ling And Euna Lee. While filming about the conditions of North Korea, the two girls were arrested in North Korea for trespassing. Kept totally apart, they endured months of interrogations and eventually a trial before North Korea's highest court. They were the first Americans ever to be sentenced to twelve years of hard labor in a prison camp in North Korea.

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Talk of Labor Camp Reform, But Change Unlikely | Regime | China | Epoch Times

Talk of Labor Camp Reform, But Change Unlikely | Regime | China | Epoch Times | North Korea | Scoop.it
On Oct. 9, the same day that the Chinese State Council issued white papers titled “Judicial Reform in China,” a press conference was held at 10 a.m.
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You think this photo is disgusting and eye opening? This is nothing for North Koreans. Torture, starvation, and humility is something that North Koreans face every day in these prison camps. I'm not sure if this photo really bothers me because of all the torture I have seen happen to the prisoners in the book, "Escape from Camp 14". 

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North Korea's death camps.

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The Washington Post, Sep 3, 2013

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The article, “North Koreas death camps”, talks about how harsh and cruel these camps are to families and people in general. North Korea has imprisoned as many as 200,000 people in these camps. North Korea has imprisoned as many as 200,000 people in these camps. According to the report, after a food shortage in 2009-10, Camp 22's population shrunk to somewhere between 3,000 and 8,000 people from around 30,000 in previous years. Thousands of prisoners seem to have evaporated into thin air. Shin from the book, “Escape from camp 14”, had been interview and he had stated in the article that "I thought my whole hand was going to be cut off at the wrist, so I felt thankful and grateful that only my finger was cut off." Many, as Mr. Shin testified, are bred in the camps like farm animals to be worked and then die with no possibility of ever entering a freer world.

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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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The video, “Citizens alliance for North Korean Human Rights”, talks about the struggles of North Korean prisoners and how the government has always controlled them. The video presents women, children, and political prison camp issues in North Korea. Seven victims describe their experiences of horror. Most children in North Korea spend time doing manual labor than studying. They are tortured if they do not complete the tasks assigned to them. Something stuck out to me in the video, every former prisoner stated the fact that they worked the entire day and most prisoners died within three years. One lady tells us in the video that she didn’t even know what human rights were or if they had existed. There are many prisoners in North Korea whose guilt was established by nothing more than association. The Video proves to us how harshly the authority treats North Koreans and there is no freedom whatsoever.

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European Union to Send Food Aid to North Kore

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Stephen Castle and Mark Mcdonald. The New York Times, Jul 5, 2011.

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The article, “European union to send food aid to North Korea”, talks about the European union providing 14.5 million dollars in emergency aid to feed more than 650,000 starving North Koreans. After crisis continuously developing in North Korea, the European commission negotiated an agreement with North Koreans in how to deliver assistance to the general public. ''The purpose of this aid package is to save the lives of at least 650,000 people who could otherwise die from lack of food,'' Kristalina Georgieva, a European commissioner, said in the statement. Food assistance will reach children under 5 who have already been hospitalized with severe acute malnutrition. Children in residential care will also be fed, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women, hospital patients and the elderly. While distributing the European aid, the World Food Program will pay 400 visits per month to warehouses, institutions caring for children, hospitals and distribution sites.

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North Korea

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If you were thinking about going to North Korea, I would advise you not to waste your money. North Korea is as dangerous as any one could imagine. A country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come, keeping both the outside world and its own people completely in the dark about one another. Torture, starvation, and unhappiness are just some of the things that you will witness on the streets of North Korea. 

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Korea

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In the late 1980s, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea -- from its south...
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If I had a chance to read any book similar to this topic, I would  read Simon Winchesters, "Korea: A Walk Through The Land of Miracles". This book gives you and insight and geographical information about North Korea. Korea is the book that actually defines the Korean people and what they face in their daily lives. The book explains the culture, language, history, and politics of this little-known corner of Asia.

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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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The organization website, “Liberty in North Korea”, is a global movement standing with the North Korean people as they face one of the biggest challenges confronting humanity today. Their three goals are to rescue refugees and help provide customized care, grow the movement and to stand with people, and last but not least, develop strategies to help the people drive change. Their work begins by rescuing North Korea refugees who are hiding in China. It takes $2,500 to fund an individual’s rescue through a 3,000-mile underground railroad. Rescue Teams are the local leaders of their movement in hundreds of communities around the world. 100% of the funds raised by Rescue Teams are used on rescue missions.

 

 


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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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This story offers a rare look into a corner of the world beyond polite societies. Noted journalist Blaine Harden tells the saga of Shin Dong-hyuk, a boy who grew up in a North Korean labor camp. He was raised in poverty and hopelessness, and endured punishments so relentless you will wonder, as you read, why he didn’t kill himself. In fact, because he was starved, his will to live died out daily and he hated his life more and more by the day. This dark memoir, like any personal history of inhumanity, challenges you not to forget, not to dismiss and not to look away. You may well wonder if you could have survived in such a place. When Shin escaped from the camp in 2005, he recalled his journey to be one of the toughest any man can ever go through. Without any ones help it was impossible for Shin to leave and escape. It offers a sense of what security and privacy means. This book makes you realize of how lucky we are and how terribly and forcefully people live their daily lives in those camps.

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Rights Group Exposes Conditions in North Korean Prison Camps.

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James Brooke. The New York Times, Oct 22, 2003.

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The article, “Rights Group Exposes Conditions in North Korean Prison Camps”, talks about torture, meager rations, and the imprisonment of entire families are routine, according to the report, which draws on the accounts of 30 former prisoners and prison guards, including several North Koreans who were later among the tens of thousands who have fled to China to escape famine and repression. Forced labor in the camps include mining coal, iron and gold, quarrying stones, cutting logs, building hydroelectric dams, growing corn and making cement and bricks. The report says torture, including use of tiny isolation cells, and beatings are common. In the late 1990's, camp administrators gave out too little food for prisoners to survive, and annual death rates soared to as high as 33 percent at most camps. North Korean officials have repeatedly accepted that there are human rights violations and that torture will continue to occur.

 

 

 

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