North Korean Defector Discusses the Kim Regime

from the ROK Drop:

Here is an interview with a North Korean defectors that has many themes similar to what other North Korean defectors have experienced.

North Korean Defector - Yeon Mi

North Korean Defector – Yeon Mi

I lived in North Korea for the first 15 years of my life, believing Kim Jong-il was a god. I never doubted it because I didn’t know anything else. I could not even imagine life outside of the regime.

It was like living in hell. There were constant power outages, so everything was dark. There was no transportation – everyone had to walk everywhere. It was very dirty and no one could eat anything.

It was not the right conditions for human life, but you couldn’t think about it, let alone complain about it. Even though you were suffering, you had to worship the regime every day.

I had to be careful of my thoughts because I believed Kim Jong-il could read my mind. Every couple of days someone would disappear. A classmate’s mother was punished in a public execution that I was made to attend. I had no choice – there were spies in the neighbourhood.

My father worked for the government, so for a while things were relatively OK for me compared with some others in North Korea. But my father was accused of doing something wrong and jailed for three years. He being guilty made me guilty too, so whatever future I had in North Korea completely disappeared. I could no longer go to university, and my family was forced to move out of Pyongyang to the countryside on the border close to China.

After a few years, my father became very sick with cancer and he came out of jail for treatment. During this time, we decided to leave North Korea.  [Daily Life]

“I recommend reading the whole thing because like many other defectors even after arriving in South Korea she still had a brainwashed affinity for the Kim regime. She says it took her three years to really come to grips with the reality of what North Korea was.” – Read More at [ROK Drop]

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