Monday, October 1, 2012

I was recently able to attend a very important meeting with Shin Dong-hyuk, a North Korean defector.  Shin's story is very important because he is the only person we are aware of that was born inside a North Korean concentration camp and has escaped.  His story is very unique among North Koreans.  Most North Koreans live their life learning about how great their leaders are and about how horrible Americans and South Koreans are.  Shin was born inside a camp though, where he never learned about the outside world.  They didn't bother teaching the prisoners anything about the World.  So, growing up his whole life practically a slave living in poverty, he thought that was just how the world was.  He had never known any different. His only reason for escape was when he had met another prisoner from the outside and learned slowly about the world and it prompted him to escape on his own.

 His story is incredible, and you can read about it in his book: Escape from camp 14.


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