A story of excessive brutality and repression in the world's most isolated country.
"Camp 14-Total Control Zone"
Former Innate of North Korea's Notorious Camp14
Language: The speech and Q&A will be in Korean with English interpretation
Even by North Korean standards, Shin Dong-hyuk's story is one of excessive brutality and repression in the world's most isolated country, where public executions and torture are daily occurrences. His tale is also testament to the strength of the human spirit, after he managed to escape the notorious Camp 14 and speak about his experiences.
Shin was born in 1982 in Camp 14, one of North Korea's so-called total control zones, where inmates are worked till they die and children aren’t even educated in the national ideology of the Stalinist state. There he witnessed human rights abuses, including beatings, torture, death by starvation and public executions as punishment for even small infractions. He had a finger chopped off for dropping a sewing machine.
Such was his total inculcation into the harsh regime at the prison camp, when Shin learned that his mother and brother were planning to escape, he reported them to the camp authorities. Shin and his father were then forced to watch their public execution.
In 2005, he managed to escape the camp, and crossed the border into China in 2006, becoming the first survivor of one of North Korea's total control zones to defect from the country. He then made his way to South Korea, where he testified last year to a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into abuses in North Korea held in Seoul in August.
In the years since he left the camp he had to learn a new vocabulary of basic human emotions after the ravages of prison life from birth, recounting his experiences in a 2008 book, "I Was Born in a Gulag, I Do Not Know Love."
Come and listen to Shin talk about life in a total control zone, his subsequent struggle to learn fundamental human emotions, and see the extract from his new documentary film recounting his experiences, "Born in a North Korean Concentration Camp."
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