The Dismal Valley (Part I) -Travelogue- Seung-chul KIMNKHR will publish in three parts Mr. Seung-Chul Kim‘s memoir titled ‘The Dismal Valley’ with the agreement of Mr. Kim. Mr. Kim wrote this memoir based on his experiences during several visits to North Korea’s No. 23 Management Center (Prison facility). Mr. Kim is currently living in South Korea. North Korea’s No. 23 Management Cent..
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The Years of Sorrow and Agony Sun-hwa LEE (A female defector from North Korea) I was born in North Hamkyong Province, North Korea in 1976. After finishing the compulsory education for 11 years, I went to a university in 1993, by which time the economic situation was getting worse since the early 1990s. Over the years of building my own perspective on the world outside of me, I was made to believ..
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Women Defectors' TestimonyAnonymous Witness Testimony 1: A 22 year-old-woman defected with her family A woman, stating anonymity, came to start her life in China with her family after they fled from North Korea during the peak of the food crisis in 1997. While speaking about the arduous and struggling part of her life in China, she described the hard times of living under great anxiety and high..
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12 year-old North Korean Boy, Chul’s Memoirs -A Long, Dramatic Journey to South Korea via China and Mongolia-Part III: Entering into Mongolia and escaping two times Chul This is the last part of a 12 year-old North Korean boy, Chul’s memoirs titled “A Long, Dramatic Journey to South Korea via China and Mongolia”.At the House of Chinese Mom’s Relatives One day we received a call from..
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12 year-old North Korean Boy, Chul’s Memoirs -A Long, Dramatic Journey to South Korea via China and Mongolia-Part II: Father and Aunt to South Korea… Chul Crossing the Tumen River It was night when we arrived in Sambong. I couldn’t hear any sound of a person being around except for the croaking of the frogs. Grandmother took us to a house. The landlady of the house and Grandma seemed to..
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12 year-old North Korean Boy, Chul’s Memoirs -A Long, Dramatic Journey to South Korea via China and Mongolia-Part I: Mom's death, and my escaping to China ChulThis is Part I of a 12 year-old North Korean boy, Chul’s memoirs titled “A Long, Dramatic Journey to South Korea via China and Mongolia”. Chul’s narration is such a vivid expression of his tough and desperate, almost three-year j..
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Gender Equality - A Lip Serviceby an unnamed North Korean defector North Korea has always celebrated July 30 each year as the day of gender equality since 1946. All the North Korean news media unanimously declare that women have been liberated from home and treated equally as men in all walks of life. In reality, however, women have remained bound by traditional yokes of inequality. Speaking of..
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Imprisoned in Three Countries: China, North Korea, and Russiaby an unnamed North Korean defectorWhen I were asked, where I want to visit for the first time in South Korea, I would reply that prison and dumping ground are the very places that I want to see. Whenever I was asked another question, “why?” I would answer to them without hesitation, ‘we cannot find any parallel where clearly sh..
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On Political Prison Camps in North Korea (2) Yong KIM In October 1993, which was my first year as a prisoner, I came to witness a horrible incident. At the time, I was assigned to work near a small valley filled with chestnut trees, where autumn would bring ripe chestnuts that would fall and pile up on the ground. The sight of chestnuts is more than tempting to the hungry prisoners, but no one ..
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On Political Prison Camps in North Korea (1) Yong KIM My name is KIM Yong. I escaped from a political prison camp in North Korea on September 25, 1998. On October 22, 1999, I arrived safely in South Korea via China and Mongolia. It was in August 1993 when I first entered the No. 14 political prison camp under the jurisdiction of the State Security Department. There I was treated like a beast and..
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