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 in regards to the purely 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. not anyone born and raised in those camps is understood to have escaped. nobody, 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 nation during the tale of Shin’s surprising imprisonment and his striking getaway. Shin knew not anything of civilized existence—he observed his mom as a competitor for nutrients, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mom and brother.

The overdue “Dear chief” Kim Jong Il was once famous through the international, yet his kingdom is still 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 go away. 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 truly noticeable in satellite tv for pc pictures, but North Korea’s executive denies they exist.

Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, concentrating on a unprecedented younger guy who got here of age contained in the optimum safety legal within the maximum protection country. Escape from Camp 14 bargains an unmatched within account of 1 of the world’s darkest international locations. it's a story of patience and braveness, survival and hope.

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With greater than 1000000 troops on lively accountability, approximately 5 percentage of the country’s inhabitants is in uniform, in comparison with approximately half one percentage within the usa. an extra 5 million humans serve within the military reserve for far in their grownup lives. the military is “the humans, the kingdom, and the party,” says the govt., which not describes itself as a communist nation. Its guideline, in response to the structure, is “military first. ” Uniformed squaddies dig clams and release missiles, decide apples and construct irrigation canals, marketplace mushrooms and supervise the export of knockoff Nintendo video games. necessarily, uniforms finish up in barns and sheds. the army pants and blouse that Shin came across have been a long way too significant for him, as have been the cotton sneakers. yet discovering a transformation of clothes—less than 3 hours after escaping the camp and prior to a person may possibly get a glance at him—was a unprecedented stroke of good fortune. He stepped out of his chilly rainy sneakers and got rid of either pairs of felony trousers. From the knees down they have been stiff with blood and snow. He attempted to bandage the burns on his legs with ripped-out pages from a publication he present in the shed. The pages caught to his mangled shins. He wear the ratty, too-big uniform and slipped his ft into the cotton footwear. not immediately recognizable as a runaway prisoner, he had turn into simply one other ill-clothed, ill-shod, and ill-nourished North Korean. In a rustic the place a 3rd of the inhabitants have been chronically malnourished, the place neighborhood markets and educate stations have been crowded with filthy itinerant investors, and the place virtually each person has served within the military, Shin simply mixed in. outdoor the shed, he additionally stumbled on a highway, and he it down right into a village on the backside of the valley. There, to his shock, he observed the Taedong River. For all his operating, he used to be in simple terms miles upstream from Camp 14. information of his get away had now not reached the village. Streets have been darkish and empty. Shin crossed a bridge over the Taedong and headed east on a street parallel to the river. He concealed from headlights whilst a unmarried automobile drove via. Then he climbed as much as a railroad tune that appeared abandoned and stored strolling. through past due night, he had walked approximately six miles and entered the outskirts of Bukchang, a coal city simply south of the river with a inhabitants of approximately 10000 humans. a number of pedestrians have been out, yet Shin didn't experience that his presence warranted certain realization. With an aluminum manufacturing unit, coal mines, and a wide energy plant, town used to be maybe familiar with night-shift employees strolling the streets in any respect hours. Shin observed a pigpen, a well-recognized and comforting sight. He crawled over a fence, came across a few rice straw, and dug in for the evening. For the following days, Shin scavenged round the outskirts of Bukchang, consuming no matter what he may well locate at the floor or in rubbish lots. He had no proposal what to do or the place to head. humans on the street appeared to forget about him. His legs damage, and he used to be hungry and chilly. but he used to be exhilarated. He felt like an alien fallen to earth.

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