Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrdelicious this pagetechnorati this pagefark this page

North Korea is a country shrouded in mystery and intrigue, with a reputation for suppression and a penchant for aggravating Western governments. Only very recently president-elect Donald Trump tweeted about their worrying claim that they’ve built long range ballistic nuclear missiles that can reach the US. But much about the so-called “rogue nation” and its culture is a secret. We’re aware that life there isn’t great, but it’s not known exactly what it’s like to live under such an oppressive regime.

However, one way that the West does get to learn about life under the cult of supreme leader Kim Jong-un is through defectors. Last month YouTube channel Asian Boss interviewed two young North Korean defectors about what it was like living there.

They paint a pretty bleak and grim picture, which includes starvation due to a famine which one defector says has claimed 3 million lives, public executions which everyone over 12 years old is forced to watch, and a lack of electricity in the cold winter months. Traveling between states is also problematic, and that combined with state controlled media means people never know about protests that might be going on in different areas, which means that any unrest can be easily contained.

If you do try to escape, there are soldiers hiding underground waiting to shoot anyone who attempts to flee across frozen rivers on the borders with China. One defector explains how she bribed soldiers beforehand however to not shoot at her, and that’s how she managed to escape. If you haven’t got the funds though and you do get caught escaping, after three attempts you’ll be publicly executed as an example.

It all sounds like something that would leave anyone living there seriously depressed, but surprisingly when the interviewer asks if they think people in North Korea are generally happy, one defector replies. “In my opinion, even if people are starving and having a tough time, they are always laughing…I think, the more well off a country, the more stressed the people because they think too much. North Korea may be a poor country but North Koreans have more warmth and care for one another. I think they are generally very happy.”

Maybe, but they’re also brainwashed and conditioned by years of hardship living under the tyranny of Kim Jong-un and his father.

North Korean Defectors Reveal What They Really Think Of Life In North Korea

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrdelicious this pagetechnorati this pagefark this page
Loading...
people

Most of us, if we go to Paris, might visit the Eiffel Tower and head to the top using the lift. Not so British freeclimber James Kingston…

animals

Just when you thought your 2017 couldn’t get any worse it seems it can. Up until now wild vampire bats in Brazil have fed mainly on bird…

people

Most people nowadays generally announce a pregnancy to their wider social circle by posting a photo of the ultrasound on Facebook, along with some text about how…

humor

Donald Trump has now been officially sworn in as POTUS and as such has now taken up residence in the White House. And it means he might…

humor

You can’t imagine why on earth this girlfriend’s prank on her boyfriend to pretend she was having sex in a car with someone else would backfire. I’m…

tech

Singapore company Vanda Electric are building the country’s first hypercar, called the Dendrobium after an orchid native to the country. The ambitious vehicle will make 1,500 horsepower…

film

Hypothetical situations becoming real are something many of us often daydream about, well writer Gabriel Miller enjoys turning them into short films. Except Miller’s situations are often…

futurism

There’s always a lot of interest, naturally, about aliens and where we might discover them in the universe. But let’s say we actually did find extra-terrestrials, and…

documentary

It’s fairly common knowledge that Japan has a bit of a thing for schoolgirls, with girls in cutesy school uniforms appearing in commercials, anime, and manga. But…

music

One man Pink Floyd cover band Ewan Cunningham (aka YouTuber Ewan John Covers) is back with his most ambitious Floyd cover yet. Cunningham is a huge fan…

film

If you’re a horror movie fan you’ve no doubt come across the creepy J-horror films The Ring and The Grudge. Well, the two freaky ghost characters at…

politics

Over the weekend Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s press secretary, gave a press conference in the press briefing room where he scolded the media for its coverage of…