Shin Dong Hyuk, born in N. Korean prison camp on 60 min. tonight
How is he a normal, functioning human being? He cannot possibly have normal human emotions, when he was born and raised in that environment, right? He admitted that he felt no emotion when his mother and brother (who he reported) were killed in front of him. Will all of these prisoners in N Korea, that were born and raised there, be psychopaths? He seems so inhuman.
I read an article on Hyuk soon after he reached South Korea. His mother and brother had plotted together to escape, were captured, and executed in front of him. He was not in on the plans being too young, and having been raised separately. Still he was severely tortured as a result of their actions, and suffers permanent excruciating pain.
Fascinating story on 60 Minutes.
I've been working on a fiction book pertaining to North Korea and found his story intriguing, but incredibly sad. I can only imagine the mental torture he goes through daily, knowing there are people in Camp 14 who are still suffering and there's nothing he can do about it. They mentioned the "Escape From Camp 14" book about his life, I want to check it out.
I'm in my 30s and it's safe to say North Korea won't be freed within my lifetime.
R3, Those that live in N. Korea have probably lost most of their ability to think independently or creatively. Basic survival, with a chronic lack of food for almost everyone, requires one to permanently ignore honest feelings and have a fatalistic point-of-view.
I'm mad that I didn't watch 60 minutes last night.
If you're interested in North Korea I highly recommend the book "Nothing to Envy." I finished it recently and it's a fascinating look into life inside North Korea. It truly is like a real life version of the Hunger Games. It's a shame how completely uninformed most people are about the conditions there.
R11, I've been reading online about the conditions in N. Korea for some time. Still I can understand people's reluctance to keep up with the truth. After all what can most do, besides feel even more powerless, after learning about such great tragedy and suffering?
Another great book is "The Aquariums of Pyongyang"; a depressing and harrowing read, but not wholly lacking in humor.
The depth of human capacity for cruelty is simply stunning, as is the capacity for human survival. Honestly, the conditions are so barbaric and utterly grim that it is baffling to me that not everyone attempts suicide.
It is disheartening (to say the least) that the world can't figure out a way to end this.
Shin says he would like to return to live in the area near Camp 14, because he loves the mountains and the water.
He describes himself as in the process of changing from an animal into a human.
OP, how is it possible that this person is going to be born in a NK prison camp on 60 Minutes tonight? Are you psychic? Why would 60 Minutes show such a thing?
Verificatia of size meat?
r1, on the 60 Minutes interview he revealed that he actually did turn his mother and brother in for plotting escape. He said it took many years for him to reveal that information, but he finally confided in the guy that wrote the book. And it's also taken him a long time to feel bad about the fact that his mom and brother were executed as a result of his action. Previously he'd always thought he'd done a good thing since his family was trying to break the rules.
Overall very interesting.
I'm curious about many things regarding the story (so I'll likely check out the book), but there is one thing in particular. They mentioned the policy of a 3-generation punishment - where someone convicted of treason (or whatever other crimes) would be thrown in the camps along with their children and their children's children. The threat of interning the 3 generations is thought to be a deterrent. But I'm wondering what happens with the 4th generation. If a 4th is born in the camp, are those kids eventually allowed to leave? That doesn't make sense to me and it seems like families would stay together in the camps until they eventually die out.
I don't know R17, but it's jaw dropping in its purity of evil. The goal being total irreversible debasement.
I think this was one of 60 Minutes's most interesting stories, and Anderson's best piece for them. It made me want to pick up the book too to find out more about Hyuk's whole life in the camp and his escape. They should do a 2-hour documentary about this.
Yeah, I agree that Anderson was perfect for this piece. His look of bewilderment at this man's survival was genuine without going over the top, and respectful without being fawning. Not easy to do.