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North Korea: Did You Know?

  • Three million people died from starvation in North Korea since the famine that started in the 1990's.
  • Over 200,000 North Korean men, women and children are held in political prison camps. Children are not only sent to these camps, but born and remain there.
  • If one individual is accused of a "crime", then three generations of their family are sent to political prison camps. Crimes include listening to a foreign radio broadcast, believing in God, not properly showing respect to Dear Leader Kim Jong-il, or repeatedly trying to flee the country.
  • Between 400,000 and 1,000,000 people have died in political prison camps
  • Approximately 500,000 North Koreans crossed the border into China
  • Chinese authorities forcibly repatriate refugees back to North Korea and refuse to acknowledge that refugees will be subject to torture, detention and execution
  • North Korean male refugees often become slave laborers in China, while female refugees are subject to sexual trafficking. Approximately, 80% of North Korean females were "sold" and victimized by human traffickers. 
  • The international community sent enough food and assistance to feed every family at risk in North Korea, but Kim Jong-il diverts it to his elites and the nuclear program.