Firstly, to get you in the zone of what horrible crisis North Korea has been under, please watch the video below of a young girl that escaped from North Korea in search of freedom, sharing her harsh experiences at such a tender age on the platform: One young world.
One young world is a global forum for the young aged 18-30 from all around the world. It aims at establishing a connection and making people aware of the world’s most pressing societal issues that these young ones go through. It is a non-profit organization based in London, which organizes annual summits in cities around the globe and is joined by World leaders.
- People are executed for making international phone calls. Security establishments employ mass surveillance, tightly monitoring cellular and digital communications. The MPS, State Security and the police allegedly conduct real-time monitoring of text messages, online data transfer, monitor phone calls and automatically transcribe recorded conversations.
- North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un (aged 33 years) is the world’s most unpredictable dictator and often called a mad man. He is a chain smoker and is known to have executed his girlfriends.
- North Korea is one of the few countries that are still under the nominally communist rule.
- There have been over 100 state officials executed under the dictatorship of Kim Jong Un.
- Kim has also taken measures to consolidate his power by purging high-ranking officials, including his own family members. There are reportedly between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners detained in North Korea.
- In violation of UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea continues overt nuclear enrichment and long-range missile development efforts. It is estimated to have 10-16 nuclear weapons. These nuclear ambitions have isolated the country from the world from decades.
- North Korea is one of the hardest countries for foreign media to cover due to the various restriction it imposes.
- There are 28 state-approved haircuts that people are allowed to have. There are restrictions on the length of hair men and women can keep. Only the king is exempted from this law.
- Media isn’t allowed to talk about hardships of the citizens or the fact that most of their population lives in poverty.
- There are only 3 channels on the TV and radio across North Korea that are allowed to only praise the leader, spread the propaganda and preach people about how great North Korea is.