North Korea, a place which is closed to the outside world. The world's most reclusive state. I think my interest in it arose in the mid-2000s when i was still in my South Korean drama/movies mania and checking out about Koreans in China (there is a minority living in China whom are Chinese citizens in the Northeast of China) and heard about North Korean refugees there. Being a reclusive state also meant it was an interesting place to learn about, being the last Stalinist state in the world now and THE most closed and oppressive country in the world, rivaling places like Cuba and Myanmar.
North Korea suffered a famine from the mid-90s to the late-90s and it is said that at least 2 million people died then. The country still relies on food aid from the UN and countries such as South Korea, China, and the USA as well as Japan to feed its population as it does not have self-food sufficiency ever since the devastating floods of the 90s and the collapse of the Soviet Union and other communist countries in the 90s which had guaranteed it trade markets.
Many North Koreans have secretly crossed the Yalu River into China over the past decade or so as refugees seeking food and jobs as conditions have worsened in North Korea and China has become more and more prosperous. They face deportation if captured by the Chinese police and would certainly be faced with harsh punishment in North Korea for leaving the country. This will however be a topic for another post in this continuing series on North Korea.
Below are some links to documentaries which I find interesting and insightful into life in North Korea:
Lisa Ling's Inside North Korea:
Friends of Kim:
North Korean Concentration Camps:
The below are links to docos made with the approval of the North Korean government and thus present a much more 'sanitized' and 'clean-cut' version of life in North Korea, as the North Korean government wants it to be seen:
A State of Mind:
Communist Toe-Hold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhnaJp89_6A
I hope these videos have shed at least some light on the plight of North Koreans in North Korea (for those whom didn't know) and the dire situation there for the lives of North Koreans.
We should all be concerned about the situation of North Korea.