Monday, July 27, 2009

Our Neighbors to the North

Background information: The Vice Guide to North Korea, a well-documented peak into this surly hermit of a country.

Latest goings-on: Woman publicly executed for handing out Bibles in North Korea. Since religion is more or less illegal under the leadership of Kim Jong-il the Eternal President Kim Il-sung, I suppose the government felt that they had to make an extreme example of her. Bonus points: they threw her surviving family into a political prisoners camp.

Quoting from the article:

The report sites [sic] several unidentified documents it says were obtained from North Korea.

The claim has not been independently verified and there has been no mention of her case in the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

Public executions would mark a harsh turn in the crackdown on religion in North Korea, which has four authorized state churches that cater to foreigners only; North Koreans are not permitted to attend.

Emphasis my own, so take with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, I have to say I wouldn't be at all surprised.

On Friday, I return to the land of freedom and tacos for a few days. I set foot back in Korea on August the fifth.

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