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December 5, 2020

Fate of a Young Girl

Han Jin Dok was brought to Detention Settlement No. 22 when she was only seven years old. When I met her for the first...

Punishment Chambers

The political prisoners in the detention settlements are sent to punishment cells if they fail to meet daily work quotas, steal corn, or show...

Residents of Hyesan, North Korea are Stuck in Their City

On the 21st of November, I visited Changbai, China which faces Hyesan city, the capital city of Yanggang Province in North Korea. The downtown...

How do the Chinese see North Korea?

Photographs and writings by a Chinese man who made a recent visit to North Korea are popular amongst Chinese web users. Last October, a...

Patients Quarantined, Abandoned and Left to Die

Many prisoners suffer from hepatitis, tuberculosis, leprosy and psychiatric diseases due to beatings, poor sanitary conditions, poor diet and degrading treatment. The sick prisoners...

Pyongyang Middle School No.1 Is For Special Education For the Gifted

North Korea's special education program for the gifted began in September 1984, opening Pyongyang Senior Middle No.1 in Pyongyang (it is later renamed...

Communal Toilet For All Prisoners

The prisoners’ sheds in the settlements are not equipped with toilets. The prisoners often have to wait for a long time before a toilet...

Scenes of the Inside of the Train from Chongjin to Hamhung in North Korea

On the 24th of this month, the DailyNK released photographs showing various scenes around Chongjin Station, taken from video clips by Lee Man Soo,...

Corruption in the North Korean Army Out of Kim Jong Il’s Control

Kim Sung Min, the North Korean defector who works for the Free North Korea Broadcasting (Free NK) as a director, claimed that Kim Jong...

Prisoners Catch Rats For Survival

Prisoners are always hungry and the food rations do not provide any protein. Therefore, they are desperate to catch and eat snakes, frogs, rats,...

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