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Laos 9 Sent Home to Embody Kimist "Generosity"

2014-04-30 18:34 | Kang Mi Jin

Daily NK has received news that a group of North Korean youths forcibly repatriated from Laos last May have been sent back to their points of origin and placed under special surveillance.

A source in Yangkang Province told Daily NK on the 30th, The kkotjebi who returned after being found [in Laos] on their way to South Chosun came from Yangkang Province. Most of them have been sent to their home counties, while the ones from Hyesan are now under the management of the Hyesan bureau of the State Security Department.

They have been given papers so they can work, and they can go to school. The three or four of them in Hyesan have to report to the security bureau once a week to detail their activities, the source said. People say that they were under investigation in Pyongyang until now, and that they received propaganda training there.

Of the 9 that were found in Laos and forcibly returned to North Korea, 8 are originally from Yangkang Province. The final individual is from Hamheung in South Hamkyung Province.

According to people in the know, the kkotjebi went through an intense investigation in Pyongyang," the source revealed. "Then they had to reflect on their actions and write letters of self-criticism saying they would never betray their homelands again. They also received orders relating to their future conduct.

I dont know where this came from exactly, but there is this claim that they are going around with bells on them so the security forces know their movements, the source alleged. People think they were unfortunate to be arrested as they were so close to their destination.

By sending the children back to their home provinces, the regime appears to be pursuing the consistent application of its own propaganda, which states that Thanks to the deep affection and generosity of Kim Jong Eun, traitors can still live normal lives as long as they repent. 

Nevertheless, according to the source, an order came down from the security bureau that all defectors should be thoroughly investigated and put under surveillance, no matter what the impetus for their initial escape may have been. The source believes that the overall aim is to incrementally strengthen controls over the situation along the countrys northern border.

The 9 were forcibly returned to North Korea via China in May. 23 days later, they took part in a structured television program filmed in Pyongyang. At the time, they alleged that they had been dragged to South Chosun after being kidnapped by the South Chosun puppet regime but have returned to the embrace of the Republic. 

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