This is eye-opening. Shocking, heart-breaking, intriguing, terrifying, and engrossing, this is the story of a young man who was born and raised in a North Korean work camp—the only man known to have done so and escaped to tell the world of the horrors within those electric fences.
He says he has never known love. Freedom is being able to eat broiled chicken. His classmate was murdered in front of him for saving a few corn kernels. His life was this camp and the world outside the fence was the same—why would there be a reason to imagine anything different?
I don’t even know where to begin with this story. There’s the obvious shock of the brutality of the living conditions. There’s the bewilderment of these camps’ secrecy, the worry that nothing’s been done. There’s the hope that people like Shin and the proof that these photos provide could lead to action. There’s horror to imagine a youth like that, fascination in the prisoner’s perceptions of the world, curiosity in the psychological impacts.
There’s not much else for me to say about this story other than it’s mind-blowing. These are the things going on in North Korea and I, personally, am terrified of that country, their power, their hostilities towards us, and their grievous violations of human rights across their entire nation. I implore anyone and everyone to watch this story and spread it if you’re compelled. Awareness is the first step and surprisingly, a lot of people don’t know or believe any of this. And while it has all been speculation for a while, proof is arising with stories like this and these satellite pictures.
But besides the political aspects of this story, it’s still a fascinating story psychologically of what happens when a child is raised in a loveless prison and when they are, essentially, brainwashed. When a moral compass is dictated and not discovered, when there is one way of life and one only, when punishment is perpetual. Watch this story and witness something nothing short of mind-boggling.
This is a thing worth watching. Jay asked me tonight how these things can happen, and why there isn’t some kind of global code of conduct. Well, when you’re born into prison conditions, their rules become the norm. This guy in the video ratted out his own mother and brother for attempting to escape prison, because they broke prison rules. Then felt nothing as they were executed before his eyes.
Anyway, take a break from the tumblr gifs to see what’s going on in another part of the world.