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North Korean horror exposed – Part 1

North Korean horror exposed – Part 1
June 17
08:43 2015

WALTER WASOSA – (17 June 2015) Tales have been told several times by survivors of the evil horror being meted out on the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea), but none such accounts have been vividly recounted by Joseph Kim, an escapee in his memoirs, Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America.

Kim, a North Korean who lived with his family in Hoeryong, where the former leader of the hermit country, Kim Il-sung’s first wife was born.

Little did Kim know at the time that Hoeryong was home to a nigh inescapable maximum security political prisoner and concentration camp where some of the horrific tortures and deaths happen.

Because the city was the birthplace of the Dear leader’s first wife Kim Sung-ae, Hoeryong was, unlike some of its peers, a little heaven pregnant with spill-over benefits like ice-cream facilities, a grocery store and even a barber shop.

“We were all alike,” Kim says in his memoirs, “[We were] one big North Korean family, or so it seemed to me.”

That was 1994, when Kim was just a three-year old toddler with a running nose. Kim says his father, a venerable cadre in the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, always kept a framed portrait of Kim Il-sung (a.k.a the Great Leader/Dear Leader/Father of the people).

Kim recounts in his memoirs that his father paid special attention to the portrait, and would, on the pain of death, never allow any dust particles to set up camp on the portrait.

“You could be sent to a prison camp for allowing dirt to gather on Kim Il-sung’s portrait, or for putting it behind cracked glass,” Kim says.

So his father, like every other North Korean who was forced to put up the Dear leader’s portrait in their homes, would meticulously clean the portrait every morning, taking time to ferret out all impurities in the portrait’s every nook and cranny.

Kim says at kindergarten they were bombarded with anti-USA propaganda that included showing the kids gruesome illustrations of USA solders impaling pregnant North Korean women with bayonets and force-marching them into poison gas chambers.

“I held my breath as the teachers explained that Americans had come to our country to massacre Koreans for no other reason than they liked to,” Kim recalls, “ … the only people who stopped the Americans from coming to my country, our teachers said, were Kim Il-sung and the soldiers of North Korea.”

Then as fate would have it, disaster struck the country in 1994. The little god who was specially designated in North Korea’s constitution as the Eternal President, Kim Il-sung died on 8 July 1994 when his heart clinically stopped beating after collapsing from a sudden heart attack.

His successor, Kim Jong-il inherited a disaster. Russia had ceased supplying North Korea with food aid as well as fertiliser. The following year, rain and floods of Biblical proportions hit North Korea, devastating what little was left of crops in the fields, before the national electrical grid collapsed.

North Korean children suffering from malnutrition. Pic, News LimitedA devastating famine ensued, and little Kim’s family was not spared. “Your body knows when it is eating something that is not food,” Kim says in his moving memoirs. “Your belly is temporarily full, but you can tell no nutrients are flowing to your limbs, that there is no fat to make your taste buds happy.”

Kim says an old neighbour died of starvation. He says his parents began clashing regarding food provisions, especially after his father refused to turn to the black market and bribery for food.

He says his mother sold her prized wedding gown to but food. “We were dying,” Kim lets on. “Our eyeballs pushed from their sockets, or so it seemed. Really, our faces were just growing leaner. We had little energy for playing or reading books or anything else.”

Kim says come spring in 1996, the family barely made it with a single daily dose of weeds and little water… (to be continued in Part 2)

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