Monday, December 3, 2012

North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years (60 minutes)

From last night's 60 Minutes.  I know people tire of hearing about the tragic and criminal conditions being perpetrated by the Kim Family Regime but we should keep this in mind when we are trying to understand north Korea and formulate policy and strategy to solve the "Korea Question" (the division of the Peninsula).  Note the emphasis on generational punishment – the rule of three.  People should read Blaine Hardin's book.  I know this excerpt is hard for us to fathom but it is illustrative (we should read Ted Gurr's book on Why Men Rebel as he also explains in some case why men cannot):

Anderson Cooper: Growing up, did you ever think about escaping? 
Shin Dong-hyuk: That never crossed my mind. 
Anderson Cooper: It never crossed your mind? 
Shin Dong-hyuk: No. Never. What I thought was that the society outside the camp would be similar to that inside the camp. 
Anderson Cooper: You thought everybody lived in a prison camp like this? 
Shin Dong-hyuk: Yes. 
Shin told us that this is the house where he was born. His mother and father were prisoners whose marriage, if you could call it that, was arranged by the guards as a reward for hard work.
December 2, 2012 7:45 PM

North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years

Born in a prison camp, Shin Dong-hyuk describes how three generations of a family are incarcerated if one family member is considered disloyal. Anderson Cooper reports.
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The following is a script from "Three Generations of Punishment" which aired on Dec. 2, 2012. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Andy Court, producer.
60 Minutes Overtime

Tonight we're going to tell you about a place so brutal and horrific it's hard to believe it exists. It is, by all accounts, a modern-day concentration camp, a secret prison hidden in the mountains, 50 miles from North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. It's called Camp 14, and according to human right rights groups, it's part of the largest network of political prisons in the world today. Some 150,000 people are believed to be doing hard labor on the brink of starvation in these hidden gulags. But it's not just those who have been accused of political crimes; it's their entire families -- grandparents, parents, and children. A practice called "three generations of punishment."

Very little was known about Camp 14 until a young man showed up in South Korea with an extraordinary tale to tell. His name is Shin Dong-hyuk and he said he had not only escaped from Camp 14, but he was born there. He's believed to be the only person born and raised in the camps who's ever escaped and lived to tell about it.

(Continued at the link below - you can view the video and read the entire transcript)

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