One man who has first hand experience of living in North Korea under Kim Jong-un has detailed his suffering at the hands of the dictator’s oppressive regime.
The former solider fled the country, and escaped to China, finding work and sending money to his family, who he had to leave behind.
It was the second time he tried to leave, after being caught the first time, and beaten for 15 days after the failed escape, with his family also rounded up for questioning.
In our unit, when I was a lieutenant, we saw one of our own soldiers executed by gunfire.
Public executions … I have seen a lot of public executions.
When people are clapping, if you don’t clap, if you nod off, you’re marked as not following Kim Jong-un’s doctrine.
You have to do it because you don’t want to die. You chant ‘Long Live’ and clap because you don’t want to die.
This is obviously one of the rare accounts from someone who experienced the horrors of Kim Jong-un’s regime, and is as horrifying as it is insightful.