North Korea: Presenting a Ruthless Symbol and Violence

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Introduction A lot of people may know about the recent activity in North Korea such as the missiles that they threatened to fire at us. I was very curious why they wanted to do that even though they knew they can't reach America and not even Hawaii. Background North Korea is a communist government and is ruled by a dictator, Kim Jong Un. North Korea has a communist government, which means that the government gives everybody the same amount of money and supplies to all the people. From 1910 to 1945 Japan ruled all of North Korea. After World War 2, from 1939 to 1945, Russia controlled what is right now North Korea and the United States controlled South Korea. In 1988, a mass starvation took place. Harsh Conditions Some people estimated that more than 3 million people have died from starvation. Kim has strict rule and regulation of private gardens and personal crops so that made his people have very little or no food. The rebellion reproach of his army and the failure of his economy, Kim Jung Un began encouraging public executions of senior officials from Socialist government’s industries. Kim sent military parades and martial law; he rewarded the loyal with food and punished the disloyal with death. People have fled into China to get away from Kim’s on purpose starving of his eastern province. The people of North Korea work six days a week and an enforced “volunteer” work, so they have no free time. Hoeryong concentration camp currently holds 50,000 men and women and who suffer a level of slavery, torture and experimentation comparable to the holocaust. Sometimes they even execute people using mortar shells. Labor Camps They have labor camps (also known as North Korean Labor Camps). People get sent there for lots of reasons. O... ... middle of paper ... ...anda. The border between North Korea and South Korea is one of the most militarized places in the world. The World Food Program estimates that 6 million of North Korea’s 25 million people are in need of food aid and 1/3rd of children are chronically malnourished or stunted. Most subsist on corn and kimchi, a pickled cabbage. In 1978, North Korean agents kidnapped South Korean film director Shin Sang Ok and his wife, actress Choe Eun Hui, to create a film industry in North Korea. The couple escaped to the West eight years later, after having made dozens of films. As many as 2 million people died as a result of famine in the 1990s caused by erratic government farming policies and flooding, according to the United Nations. Asia Press reported that a recent return of famine in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae has forced some to resort to cannibalism.

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