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Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death
The Atlantic ^ | 03/28/12 | Blaine Harden

Posted on 03/29/2012 11:39:24 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death

By Blaine Harden

Mar 28 2012, 7:01 AM ET84

Life inside North Korea's Camp 14 so twisted 13-year-old Shin In Geun that he betrayed his mother and only brother.

Nine years after watching his mother's hanging, Shin In Geun squirmed through the electric fence that surrounds Camp 14 and ran off through the snow into the North Korean wilderness. It was January 2, 2005. Before then, no one born in a North Korean political prison camp had ever escaped. As far as can be determined, Shin is still the only one to do it.

He was 23 years old and knew no one outside the fence.

Within a month, he had walked into China. Within two years, he was living in South Korea. Four years later, he was living in Southern California.

Stunted by malnutrition, he is short and slight -- five feet six inches, about 120 pounds. His arms are bowed from childhood labor. His lower back and buttocks are scarred with burns from the torturer's fire. The skin over his pubis bears a puncture scar from the hook used to hold him in place over the fire. His ankles are scarred by shackles, from which he was hung upside down in solitary confinement. His right middle finger is cut off at the first knuckle, a guard's punishment for dropping a sewing machine in a camp garment factory. His shins, from ankle to knee on both legs, are mutilated and scarred by burns from the electrified barbed-wire fence that failed to keep him inside Camp 14.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barbarism; gulag; nkorea; shiningeun
A truly shocking revelation.
1 posted on 03/29/2012 11:39:37 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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P!


2 posted on 03/29/2012 11:40:23 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Wouldn’t think a man of your stature would trust the atlantic.


3 posted on 03/29/2012 11:54:50 PM PDT by TwoSwords
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’m not shocked by it, but I am glad to read it to confirm just how evil NorK is.


4 posted on 03/29/2012 11:59:41 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And the maggot Albright danced with that dead midget Jong Il


5 posted on 03/30/2012 12:17:02 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Of course, Madeleine Albright will deny that this ever happened.


6 posted on 03/30/2012 12:35:31 AM PDT by citizencon
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To: All

If only North Korea had oil reserves this wouldn’t be happening. /s


7 posted on 03/30/2012 12:47:45 AM PDT by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is where the left will lead us all if we let them.


8 posted on 03/30/2012 12:51:36 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: TwoSwords

Put a sock in it.

There’s other accounts generally corroborating what’s going on.


9 posted on 03/30/2012 2:05:33 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Obama’s vision of Utopia.


10 posted on 03/30/2012 3:13:00 AM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: Bon mots

This is absolutely true. Centralized planning doesn’t work, people starve, people get tortured


11 posted on 03/30/2012 3:44:35 AM PDT by rocketmag
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I wonder what his circumstances are now.


12 posted on 03/30/2012 3:51:44 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Does jimmy carter know about this? If he DID he certainly would do something about it, right?
13 posted on 03/30/2012 4:28:54 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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Carter would most likely turn him over to the proper NK authorities.
14 posted on 03/30/2012 4:54:52 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Communism only varies by degree. North Korea is horrible, but even our own home-grown Communists (such as Obama’s mentor and ghost writer Bill Ayers) have planned to murder 25 million “bitter clingers” in order to abort any “counter-revolution.” The 25 million Americans to be murdered would be the ones who refused to accept Communist reeducation.
15 posted on 03/30/2012 5:05:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2001convSVT

Yep, Jimmy Carter would call the Nork embassy and give them the defector’s address, so their assassins could kill him.


16 posted on 03/30/2012 5:08:34 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: TwoSwords

WSJ had the story a week ago.


17 posted on 03/30/2012 5:09:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Travis McGee
25 million “bitter clingers”

That probably means 25 million guns, which made Ayers' blood pressure shoot up.

18 posted on 03/30/2012 5:11:08 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Obama’s America, at least for conservatives.

They just know enough not to say it publicly until they have the means to put it in place.


19 posted on 03/30/2012 5:12:12 AM PDT by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
That probably means 25 million guns, which made Ayers' blood pressure shoot up.

They only have ONE gun each?....Pikers.

20 posted on 03/30/2012 5:18:12 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Brutal article. Just brutal.


21 posted on 03/30/2012 5:26:04 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

EEEW that gross that like Stockholm syndome RIGHT


22 posted on 03/30/2012 10:55:07 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Travis McGee

Remember that was 25 million when the population of the country was around 200 million.

Adjusted for today’s population of around 300 million, that’s closer to 40 million of us to be sent to the ovens.


23 posted on 03/30/2012 11:34:43 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Travis McGee

There will be a hell of a lot killed without a doubt. A big portion of them will be obama’s enablers and idiots and will not have the faintest idea that it was their actions that got them there. Myself? If I am still living I will probably be either in my back yard or front yard shot full of holes by the police who come to put me on the train or bus to take me to the camp.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 11:44:23 AM PDT by sport
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25 posted on 03/30/2012 12:13:35 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: DuncanWaring

The left would have done it years ago if they thought they could get away with it......


26 posted on 03/30/2012 6:12:15 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

They haven’t given up on the idea.


27 posted on 03/30/2012 6:26:48 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

bttt


28 posted on 03/30/2012 6:29:13 PM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: dead

Somebody has to make a movie about this, along the line of “Killing Field” or “Schindler’s List.” You can make a masterpiece out of this brutal reality, a movie which can transcend time.


29 posted on 03/30/2012 6:41:15 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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29 posted on Fri Mar 30 2012 20:41:15 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by TigerLikesRooster: “Somebody has to make a movie about this, along the line of “Killing Field” or “Schindler’s List.” You can make a masterpiece out of this brutal reality, a movie which can transcend time.”

Agreed. North Korea is so bad that it defies imagination, and because it is so bad, too many people believe the reports about the country must be grossly exaggerated.

On a related matter, one benefit of things like this showing up in the Atlantic is it reminds American liberals who value human rights and similar concepts that what they would call “Stalinism” is evil and must be opposed not only by conservatives but also by liberals. Liberalism is wrong, but that doesn't mean they want to put everyone into a Stalinist death camp, and large numbers of liberals truly do believe in what they say about human freedom.

30 posted on 03/31/2012 5:49:23 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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