North Korea: Escape From Camp 14

VLADIVOSTOK. President Putin talking with Kim Jong-Il, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a pretty scary look at what’s going on in North Korea, at least in some of the prison camps. As China‘s closest ally, what goes on in North Korea has special significance in this region.

Escape from Camp 14, which is a biography of Shin Dong-Hyuk gives you a real scary look at that nation.

It’s scary to follow this young man as he was born in the Camp and spent 20-odd years in the Camp….putting in 10 or 12-hour work days and learning to survive in a society where everyone was desperate to find food and family .

Life was not what most North Americans are like used to.

Shin ended up snitching on his mother and his mother and brother were both executed…and when he made his escape, what was becoming his best friend, ended up dying on the electrical wires surrounding the Camp.

This note is from the books editors… “North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.

In Escape from Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story on Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence–he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.

The late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong II was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates  power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans are able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea’s government denies they exist.”

There is not a giggle at all in this book as it is a sad look at North Korea and the scary part is that most North Koreans that do escape find a hard time adjusting to society as we know it.

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2 replies

  1. The Chinese versions are called Laogai.



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