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Monday, October 20, 2014

North and South Korea both have lovely internment concentration and death camps.

North Korea: Children savaged to DEATH by dogs and others buried alive in regime concentration camps

Former prison guard reveals horror as gives evidence to a human rights hearing

Former North Korean prison guard Ahn Myeong Chul

Children were savaged to death by guard dogs in a North Korea concentration camp, it was revealed today.
Three youngsters died straight away under the snarling jaws of the prison camp dogs, defector and former prison guard Ahn Myong-Chol said.
But two others were still breathing when guards buried them alive.
Myong-Chol,45, spent eight years as a prison guard in the gulag camps before he fled to South Korea in 1994.
But he is still haunted by the dog-attack on the children as they left the camp school.
“ There were three dogs and they killed five children,” he recalled at a Geneva human rights hearing.
“ They killed three of the children right away. The two others were barely breathing and the guards buried them alive.”
But instead of the dogs being put down, their handlers petted them and gave them special food “ as some kind of reward.”
He added:” People in the camps are not treated as human beings. They are like flies that can be crushed.”

ReutersFormer North Korean prison guard Ahn Myeong Chul
Former North Korean prison guard Ahn Myeong Chul

The former guard was one of a number of defectors who gave harrowing testimony to a United Nations-mandated inquiry which last week issued a damning 400-page report on human rights abuses in North Korea.
Myong-Chol worked for a Seoul-based bank after he fled to South Korea 20 years ago.
But he has now quit his job to dedicate himself to his non-government Free NK Gulag organisation.
“ It is my life’s mission to spread awareness about what is happening in the camps,” he said.
An estimated 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners are being held in the north, according to estimates.
Myong-Chol was heavily brainwashed to see all prisoners as “ evil” after he became a guard - regarded as a prestigious role - in 1987.
At his first posting at camp 14, north of Pyongyang, he was encouraged to practice his Tae Kwon Do skills on prisoners.
And he recalls how guards were urged to shoot any prisoner who might try to escape.
He revealed: “ We were allowed to kill them, and if we brought back their body, they would award us by letting us go study at college.”
They even set up the killings by allowing prisoners outside the camp, then shoot them to be rewarded with a good education, he said.
He admits beating prisoners, but said, to the best of his knowledge, didn’t kill anyone.
But he did admit to witnessing numerous executions, starving children, and the effects of extreme torture.
When he struck up conversations with prisoners and was astonished to find that ‘more than 90 percent’ of them said they had no idea why they were in the camp, most sent there under North Korea’s “ guilt by association “ system. .
His own father had committed suicide after making as drunken remark about the country’s leadership.
And his mother, sister and brother were detained and likely sent into camps, although he is not sure what became of them.
He feared he, too, would be dragged off. So after returning back to the camp after leave,he drove his truck to the shores of the Du Man River and swam across to China.
He got involved in support work with ex North Korean prisoners who had managed to defect.
One was Chol Hwan Kang who had been sent to Camp 15 - where Mong-Chol served - with his whole family when he was nine and spent 10 years there to repent for the suspected disloyalties of his grandfather. Ahn remembered him from his time as a guard there.
But Kang, like most survivors, understood he had not chosen his job and had accepted his plea for forgiveness.
‘He met me with a gentle handshake,’ Ahn said.
Last week’s UN report was vital to spreading awareness about the reality of the camps, Ahn said, comparing what is happening there to the Soviet-era Gulags.
‘The difference is that in North Korea we are still talking in the present tense. These horrors are still happening,’ he said.
Several months ago it was revealed how North Korea’s brutal dictator Kim Jong-Un fed his screaming uncle to 120 ravenous Alsatians then watched the attack dogs tear him to pieces.
Jang Song Thaek, 67, and five aides were reportedly stripped naked then pushed into a metal cage before the vicious hounds were unleashed to eat them alive.