Skip to comments.I thought the outside world was paradise, says the only North Korean to escape from prison camp
Posted on 04/30/2012 9:38:39 AM PDT by DFG
Shin Dong-huyk is 29 years old. He loves Mexican food and going to baseball games. But any similarities between Shin and other young men ends there. Shin Dong-huyk is the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean prison camp. He was born into a life of enslavement and torture inside Camp 14, where he was starved, beaten and forced to watch the executions of his mother and brother.
He existed within the camps concrete walls, which had no running water or furniture, until aged 23, he escaped. He spent one month on the run before sneaking over the border into China, and eventually reaching the safety of the South Korean embassy.
Last month, a book about his life Escape from Camp 14 was published, taking its place at the top of the bestseller lists. I met him in London as he prepared to speak at a House of Commons meeting to raise awareness about North Korean prisoners.
(Excerpt) Read more at thisislondon.co.uk ...
God bless him!
And Enviro-Whackos, like Algore’s useful idiots think North Korea is paradise.
North Korea - the hellhole of the Universe.
People need to understand a little more about what goes on when government controls every aspect of life. This needs to be shared.
“God bless him!”
I’m not sure that you read the article, he was responsible for his mother’s and brothers death. He seems to feel no remorse about it, it’s all just about him. Granted, the North Koreans turned him into what he is but I see no reason to celebrate. A sad story all around, I do wish someone would put a bullet into the heads of the family running North Korea and have no doubt that will come sooner or later.
A little bit of socialism is a little bit of evil, and a lot of socialism is a lot of evil.
Things like this go on in China and in some measure, Cuba.
But, we’re worried about Sandra Fluck.
Who bought the Movie Rights?
Brian lamb interviewed the author yesterday on Book TV. Absolutely fascinating. I don’t think I’m giving anything away here but .... a man who had been born inside a N. Korean concentration camp with no hope of EVER leaving and not knowing there was even a world outside until he met another inmate who told him about Seoul, America, Europe, etc. But having no reference to what that meant was moved to escape by the descriptions of Food: Chicken, pork, beef could be had easily in China instead of the cabbage soup with corn and occasional field mouse or rat he had always had. That is what moved him to risk his life.
There is more — much more.
This brave young man’s experience seems to mirror that of Kang Chol-Hwan, author of ‘The Aquariums of Pyongyang’. After former President George W. Bush read his book, he invited Kang Chol-Hwan to visit with him in the White House, where they spent over half an hour (a substantial time considering how busy the President is) discussing the plight of the North Korean people and what could be done to help them.
After their meeting in June 2005, and after the on-again, off-again ‘Six Party Talks’ (which GWB was convinced would lead to an agreement with North Korea to end their nuclear program), Bush finally figured out in late 2008 that the best way he could help the North Korean people was to sell them up the river, by taking North Korea OFF the list of terrorist supporting nations maintained by the State Department, which was no doubt appreciated by the late Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
What did the North Korean people get for such a grandiose act of appeasement?
The same thing the rest of the world received from Pyongyang, i.e., ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
I wish Al Gore and his band of fairy unbathed would check-in for a stay at Camp 14 for a couple of months and then come back an witness to the world their view of N. Korea.
He felt no remorse as a 14 year old, indoctrinated into believing that what he did was right. Currently he is wracked with the guilt of having his mother and brother murdered. Considering that they cut off some of his fingers and drove a hook through his stomach and hung him over a fire, I would give him some slack.
When I was hospitalised in South Korea with psychiatric problems I considered suicide once or twice. But I thought about how Id escaped and been through such difficult times, and decided I should live on. This mental illness was due to the new-found guilt he felt over his mother and brother. That guilt will last until my death, he adds.
I've read some of his other interviews, and he does feel remorse now, but not in the same way. He didn't love his family, he spent little time with them, and in fact he had only met his brother a couple of times before the night of his betrayal.
Can you image growing up where, as a young child of 3 or 4, you are completely taken away from your family and raised in a barracks? Where there is no familial love allowed or shown?
He had no remorse because he had no connection to them.
Park died. The escapee is Shin.
I read the article. He has remorse now. The guilt of it almost drove him to suicide and he says it will haunt him for the rest of his life.
If you’re born into slavery, torture and brainwashing, what other point of view do you have?