You can’t watch the news nowadays without seeing North Korea in the headlines. The secretive state is the cause of constant speculation and confusion by those of us who can’t comprehend what it must be like to live there. Led by dictator Kim Jong-un, the communist country is well known for it’s zero-tolerance policies which keep its citizens downtrodden. Well now, one of its people has spoken out, finally shedding some light on how life really is in North Korea.
Hee Yeon Lim is a 26 year old woman who has escaped from North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. She lived there with her family, who fled with her following the death of her father, Wui Yeon Lim. Wui Yeon Lim was an army colonel and a member of Kim Jeong-Un’s inner circle. Hee Yeon Lim and her family now live in South Korea and have changed their names to protect their identities. Speaking out about life in North Korea is incredibly dangerous, especially considering everything she’s seen throughout her years in the capital.
Hee Yeon Lim is one of 30,000 North Koreans who are now living as refugees in South Korea. In order to escape the country after her father’s death, her family had to bribe officials with almost $7,000 so they could be taken to Laos before moving on to South Korea. She confessed that she had to leave her partner behind when she fled, “To be honest I even had a boyfriend, a relationship when I fled. It was possible, of course, but I could never tell him my plans to escape. I cannot go into his details as it would not be right. In my mind I just said: “Bye bye. I had to do it.” However, her most terrifying memory of what happened in North Korea’s capital is not for the faint of heart.
Hee Yeon Lim described the fate of 11 musicians who she saw executed. They had been charged with making an adult movie and brought to a football stadium so their sentence could be carried out. This is what happened in Hee Yeon Lim’s own words. “The musicians were brought out, tied up, hooded and apparently gagged, so they could not make a noise, not beg for mercy or scream. They were lashed to the end of anti-aircraft guns. It was so horrible and I could not eat for three days as it made my stomach churn. What I saw that day made me sick in my stomach. Despite our privilege, I was scared. I saw terrible things in Pyongyang.”
It’s hard to imagine how this young woman must have felt when witnessing the atrocities that day in the football stadium, but to her, it was another fact of life. She has also spoken about how she saw other girls chosen to live as sex slaves. She explains, “Officials came to our schools and picked out teenage girls to work at one of his hundreds of homes around Pyongyang. They are taught how to massage him and they become sex slaves. Yes, they have to sleep with him and they cannot make a mistake or object because they could very easily simply disappear.”
Hee Yeon Lim exposed that Kim Jeong-un lives an extravagant lifestyle at the expense of his impoverished people. He often spends over $1,300 on a single meal while his people are starving. It’s utterly devastating to imagine how the people of North Korea must live. It truly is a completely different world when compared to life in the west and our hearts go out to all of those suffering under the North Korean regime.
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