By Suk-Young Kim
Kim Yong stocks his harrowing account of existence in a exertions camp& mdash;a singularly despairing type of torture performed by means of the key kingdom. even though it is understood that gulags exist in North Korea, little details is obtainable approximately their association and behavior, for prisoners infrequently break out either incarceration and the rustic alive. Long street Home stocks the striking tale of 1 such survivor, a former army respectable who spent six years in a gulag and skilled firsthand the brutality of an unconscionable regime.
As a lieutenant colonel within the North Korean military, Kim Yong loved unparalleled privilege in a society that heavily monitored its electorate. He owned an imported motor vehicle and drove it freely through the nation. He additionally encountered corruption in any respect degrees, no matter if between occasion officers or eastern exchange companions, and took be aware of the illicit merits that have been presented to a couple and cruelly denied to others.
When accusations of treason stripped Kim Yong of his place, the unfastened contrast among those that prosper and people who undergo lower than Kim Jong-il grew to become painfully transparent. Kim Yong used to be thrown right into a global of violence and terror, condemned to camp No. 14 in Hamkyeong province, North Korea's such a lot infamous exertions camp. As he labored a continuing shift 2,400 toes underground, sunlight grew to become Kim's new luxurious; because the months wore on, he grew to become in detail familiar with political prisoners, subhuman camp guards, and an apocalyptic famine that killed millions.
After years of meticulous making plans, and with assistance from outdated buddies, Kim escaped and got here to the us through China, Mongolia, and South Korea. provided the following for the 1st time in its entirety, his tale not just testifies to the atrocities being dedicated at the back of North Korea's wall of silence, however it additionally illuminates the day-by-day fight to keep up dignity and integrity within the face of unimaginable odds. just like the paintings of Solzhenitsyn, this infrequent portrait tells a narrative of resilience because it unearths the darkish types of oppression, torture, and ideological terror at paintings in our international today.
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