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?
Whoops. I stand corrected.
Park was Shin’s friend, and he did die.
Park was eltrocuted and died. His body lay on the wires separating them enough for Shin to crawl through.
Camp 14 - it’s the 0bamunist dream. They’re so close they can almost taste it.
Yup; didn’t catch my misread in time. Thanks.
I think it is reason to celebrate that he escaped, and will have a chance for a somewhat normal life, and that he is able to share his story to give the rest of us some idea as to what goes on there, the levels to which a modern-day society can sink, etc.
Here's another fleeing-Communist-hell book: Donbas: A True Story of an Escape Across Russia by Jacques Sandulescu. Disturbing, but you'll be thinking about it a long time.
Yes, you're right. The slave camps of North Korea are known to be superb schools for literary technique. It's disappointing in the extreme that someone who was raised amidst torture, starvation, and unspeakable cruelty wouldn't have found the time to hone his writing style to an acceptable level of polish and sophistication. The fact that he isn't even a native English speaker is no excuse. And the important thing about the book is the style and the excitement it delivers, not the truth it reveals. Why don't you write to the guy and tell him he doesn't know how to write a book?
While the unimprisoned citizens of NK are probably aware of the rest of the world, they certainly have no idea of what actually lies out here. State run TV is all they see and hear.
“This brave young mans experience seems to mirror that of Kang Chol-Hwan, author of The Aquariums of Pyongyang”
I read that book. As I recall, Kang’s family lived in Japan and his grandmother was a dedicated communist. It was she that lead the family to move to north Korea, thinking she was leading them to paradise. It wasn’t long after their arrival that the family were all put away into a concentration camp. At first the grandmother thought that this was some sort of mistake that would soon be rectified. It took a couple years of imprisonment in the camp before she finally became disillusioned with communism. Afterwards she was racked with guilt for being the one primarily responsible for where her family was.
“....to raise awareness about North Korean prisoners.”
He will be talking to a brick wall.
“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.”
Your comment reminds me of Angela Davis. She defected to Cuba. Castro put her to work in the sugar cane fields chopping sugar cane.
She lasted three months then came back here crying that her “teaching ability” here best-served her cause.
re: “....doesn’t know how to write a book”
I agree with you — Harden has his credentials as NYtimes/WashPost correspondent Maybe this fellow is looking more for a former fiction writer’s style. Who knows.
Anyway Shin didn’t/doesn’t speak a lick of English — the interviews with Harddin took place over 7 meetings (some week long full days) with Shin’s best friend as the interpreter. There is a couple in Ohio who played a big part in this — I want to find out more about them too. Good people.
Sooo if the former govenor of New Mexico Richardson gets indicted for a long list of illegalities he can always rely on his buds in Nork land to give him asylum.
And they keep telling us you can’t build a fence. Who knew?
Over all a pretty good article, brainwashing is very effective when used on the young. And that scares the hell out of when I see what in happening in our public school systems.
I noted the author of this piece got NK and SK reversed a couple times.
-—Im not sure that you read the article, he was responsible for his mothers and brothers death. He seems to feel no remorse about it, its all just about him.-—
He was subjected to incomprehensible brainwashing from birth.
He now says that he will carry guilt for their deaths until he dies.
I hope he finds Jesus before then.
God help him and the other North Korean prisoners.
You can read a few chapters in the book dept on amazon for free. It’s interesting.
“...and there is a disturbing parallel to how we were fighting the Iranians in Iraq.”
It wasn’t too disturbing to the 3rd AD, lolz.
Another little tidbit I’ll throw in here from the Lamb/Hardin interview is that Hardin said the profits from the book will be split 50/50 as this fellow has really no money (of course) and it is His Story. Sounds good to me. Wonder if the Pulitzer will be 50/50? Oh, I forgot (smile) — the guy can’t write - no Pulitzer for you Hardin!!
I had said earlier that the interview was on Book TV — now I remember it was on CSPAN but on a show called “Q&A”. So much was revealed that I thought about this all night long. Watch for Q&A it’s bound to repeat or be on BookTV.
I reiterate, there are things that are far more important in making a book valuable than a smooth writing style. That’s a surface consideration, and most of the great books of history aren’t easy popular reads. In this case, the critical point is that the information about North Korean camps gets out to the public, all over the world.
I saw an interview or something when he first spoke. You can easily tell there was deep brainwashing on the guy. He wouldn't "feel" normal reactions to anything we might normally react to. One becomes "conditioned" over time and this guy was born in the camp. That was the hell hole life he knew.
Not usrprisingly he had mental issues to contend with....disoriented hardly says enough after being in such a depraved environment. Can you even imagine the "norm" of eating your own vomit to stay alive.....years on end...and then seeing food thrown out just beyond your borders let alone the banquet throughout. I cannot imagine the questions and absolute shock coming from a camp to freedom. If I recall hementioned seeing N.Korea people walking about and thought they were living in abundance!
N.Korea is caught between China’s Political desires to keep them as a buffer Zone and the fact of how do you bring people caught in the 50’s mentality into a modern world....let alone the brainwashing they’ve ben under for eons concerning their “Dear Leader” who has a nuclear bomb.
You can’t just go in there and free a backward and mentally handicapped people who are basically starving. Every border would be breached and thousands would run from the country. China will not allow that....and even the N.Koreans know it would tax their entire system.
So the situation isn’t as simple as it might have been eons ago. There are a gazillion problems about N.Korea....and the fact the people would fight any who tried to come in....they are not going to co-operate willingly.
If you believe that these obama worshiping, obama voting, to use the term very loosely “young people” over here will have any more regrets or remorse about killing their parents when the time comes for them to do that than he did, you are only fooling yourself.
You might want to read the entire article before you post.