just horrifying - Escape from Camp 14
Nine years after watching his mother’s hanging, Shin In Geun squirmed through the electric fence that surrounds Camp 14 and ran off through the snow into the North Korean wilderness. It was January 2, 2005. Before then, no one born in a North Korean political prison camp had ever escaped. As far as can be determined, Shin is still the only one to do it.
He was 23 years old and knew no one outside the fence.
Within a month, he had walked into China. Within two years, he was living in South Korea. Four years later, he was living in Southern California.
Stunted by malnutrition, he is short and slight — five feet six inches, about 120 pounds. His arms are bowed from childhood labor. His lower back and buttocks are scarred with burns from the torturer’s fire. The skin over his pubis bears a puncture scar from the hook used to hold him in place over the fire. His ankles are scarred by shackles, from which he was hung upside down in solitary confinement. His right middle finger is cut off at the first knuckle, a guard’s punishment for dropping a sewing machine in a camp garment factory. His shins, from ankle to knee on both legs, are mutilated and scarred by burns from the electrified barbed-wire fence that failed to keep him inside Camp 14.
Shin is roughly the same age as Kim Jong Un, the chubby third son of Kim Jong Il who took over as leader after his father’s death in 2011.
Shin was born a slave and raised behind a high-voltage barbed-wire fence. His mother beat him, and he viewed her as a competitor for food. His father, who was allowed by guards to sleep with his mother just five nights a year, ignored him. His older brother was a stranger. Children in the camp were untrustworthy and abusive. Before he learned anything else, Shin learned to survive by snitching on all of them.
Love and mercy and family were words without meaning…
A chilling account of the only person born into a North Korean prison camp and escape. It’ll leave you speechless.
Tis a tough choice. I have wasted many minutes in Olin cafe contemplating this very question. bahhahaha gosh i’m weird.
i love this song gaaaaaah. me gusta grieves mucho <3
anyways WAHWAHWAHWAHWAH my week in paradise has ended. no more guilt free bingeing, no more spontaneous decisions i won’t regret, no more being surrounded by people i’ve known for years and love dearly. spring break, you were so good while you lasted.
BUT YAY I’M BACK IN ITHACA! sighsighsarcasmsighsigh. I don’t want to be back here just to repeat the never ending cycle of staying up all night studying and sleeping in lectures. But i can’t help it. TBH, I actually love Cornell, i can’t complain, but my utter lack of self motivation and laziness tricks me into thinking otherwise. Gotta fix that pronto….
This week I have two prelims LET’S GOGOGOGOGO. I should have started studying earlier smh what’s wrong with me T^T. Wish me luck tumblr fools!
How to Eat Food (a few more here)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: The Most Astounding Fact about the Universe. (via BadAstronomy)
story of my life right now.