Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Only Known North Korean Prison Camp Escapee - No One Cares?

I saw this article this evening shared by a friend on Facebook. It's about Shin Dong-Hyuk, the only known escapee from a North Korean prison labor camp.

I got to page two, read this paragraph, and nearly spit my diet root beer all over my cat (she's laying on my desk in front of my keyboard; I don't chase my cats down to spit stuff at them):
Being the sole escapee in the capitalist South from the prison-camp horrors of the communist North has not made Shin a celebrity or afforded him much of a living. "Escape to the Outside World" has sold about 500 copies from its single Korean-language printing of 3,000. No edition in English is being undertaken, he said. [emphasis mine]

I have a hard time believing that this could be due to lack of interest. This must be a problem of a lack of exposure. This is way too important of a story for it to be languishing from people's indifference. I hope that's the case, anyway. The article is now 2.5 years old, and thus far it doesn't appear that this has happened.



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