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Fleeing starvation and repression in Kim Jong-il's North Korea

Video by Hark Joon LEE , In Taek Jung , Alexandre DEREIMS

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-08-17

A growing number of North Koreans are fleeing the hunger and repression under the ruthless rule of President Kim Jong-il. In an exclusive report, Alexandre Dereims followed a group of refugees ready to risk their lives to flee their country.

A growing number of North Koreans are fleeing hunger and repression under the ruthless rule of President Kim Jong-il. In an exclusive report, Alexandre Dereims followed a group of refugees ready to risk their lives to flee their country.

 

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the last Stalinist country in the world. Isolated from the outside world and ruled by iron-fisted President Kim Jong-il, over the years Pyongyang has stepped up its nuclear ambitions at the expense of its people.

 

Caught between harsh international sanctions and an unforgiving regime, the North Korean people struggle with hunger and poverty. To escape their fate, a growing number of North Koreans are prepared to risk their lives to seek out a brighter future over the border. Alexandre Dereims and Hark Joon Lee and In Taek Jung reporters from the Chosun Ilbo bring us this award-winning report.
 

Date created : 2009-07-17

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