Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

By Blaine Harden

The heartwrenching New York Times bestseller concerning the simply identified individual born within a North Korean felony camp to have escaped

North Korea’s political felony camps have existed two times so long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve instances so long as the Nazi focus camps. nobody born and raised in those camps is understood to have escaped. not anyone, that's, other than Shin Dong-hyuk.

In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets and techniques of the world’s so much repressive totalitarian kingdom during the tale of Shin’s surprising imprisonment and his fantastic getaway. Shin knew not anything of civilized existence—he observed his mom as a competitor for meals, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mom and brother.

The past due “Dear chief” Kim Jong Il used to be famous during the global, yet his kingdom continues to be sealed as his 3rd son and selected inheritor, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates energy. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans may be able to depart. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear guns. it's also a human rights disaster. among 150,000 and 200,000 humans paintings as slaves in its political criminal camps. those camps are in actual fact noticeable in satellite tv for pc photos, but North Korea’s executive denies they exist.

Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, concentrating on a rare younger guy who got here of age contained in the maximum safety criminal within the maximum protection kingdom. Escape from Camp 14 deals an unmatched inside of account of 1 of the world’s darkest international locations. it's a story of persistence and braveness, survival and hope.

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A few sector of the cash went at once for housing, doing away with any probability that it may be paid to a dealer. utilizing their own and institutional contacts within the North, agents employed courses to escort humans from their houses in North Korea to the chinese language border, the place they have been passed over to Chinese-speaking publications, who drove them to Beijing Airport. outdoors Seoul, I talked to a North Korean defector who had paid twelve thousand money to a dealer to smuggle out her eleven-year-old son in 2002. “I didn’t comprehend it may perhaps take place so fast,” acknowledged the mummy, who didn't want to reveal her identify simply because she and her siblings have been paying one other dealer to smuggle out their mom on the time. “It took in simple terms 5 days for my son to be plucked out and brought around the river into China. i used to be dumbfounded whilst I obtained a choice from officers at Seoul airport to inform me my son used to be right here. ” on the border and contained in the nation, the North Korean govt has attempted to weigh down those smuggling operations—and periodically it succeeds. “A lot of individuals get caught,” Lee Jeong Yeon, a former North Korean border officer, informed me. “The coverage is for 100% execution of these stuck supporting humans to illness. i actually observed a number of such executions. The winning agents are skilled those that have reliable contacts within the army, they usually bribe the guards,” he acknowledged. “Guards are circled usually, and new humans need to be bribed. ” Lee, whose id used to be proven through South Korean intelligence officers, labored for 3 years alongside the China–North Korea border. He supervised undercover brokers who pretended to be agents and publications which will infiltrate and disrupt the smuggling exchange. After his defection to the South, Lee instructed me he had used his contacts within the North to smuggle out thirty-four humans to freedom. Shin didn't have the attention, the money, or the contacts to exploit smuggling networks, and he definitely didn't have an individual open air the rustic to have interaction execs on his behalf. yet via preserving his mouth close and his eyes open he entered the slipstream of smuggling, buying and selling, and petty bribery that had develop into North Korea’s postfamine economic system. investors confirmed him haystacks the place he may well sleep, neighborhoods the place he may well holiday into homes, and markets the place he might alternate stolen items for nutrients. Shin usually shared nutrition with them within the night as all of them huddled round roadside fires. As he walked out of Bukchang that day, donning his newly stolen coat and wearing a small cache of cookies, Shin joined a small staff of investors that unintentionally used to be going north. bankruptcy 17 using NORTH except he might get some distance away—and quickly—Shin feared he could quickly be stuck. He walked 9 miles to a small mountain city referred to as Maengsan, the place investors advised him truck may appear close to the imperative marketplace. For a small expense, it hauled passengers to the teach station in Hamhung, the second one biggest urban in North Korea. Shin had now not but discovered adequate geography to grasp the place Hamhung was once.

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