‘The dead are the lucky ones’ Ex-North Korean guard reveals details of Kim Jong-un’s camps

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A FEMALE prison guard has disclosed the horrific details of North Korea’s concentration camps of Death…

By Shabab Khan,

New Delhi: North Korean defectors ‘almost certainly’ EXECUTED on capture. Beyond the highly staged events curated for international publicity, Lim Hye-jin has revealed details on the chilling camps which lie hidden in the mountains of the hermit kingdom.

At the tender age of 20, the former guard was forced to watch as several members of one family were savagely killed after they attempted to escape the repressive regime.

A prison guard revealed the horrific details of Kim Jong-un’s prison camp. She claims both guards and inmates were ordered to gather and batter the runaways, dragging their bodies across barbed wire.

Ms Lim told the Mail on Sunday: “The two brothers were beheaded in front of everyone. They called everyone to watch as a warning not to flee. The other prisoners then had to throw stones at them.”

One incident – which include rape and torture – left her so traumatised, she could not eat for days. On another occasion, she witnessed a woman stripped naked then casually set on fire because she “annoyed” a guard while she was interrogated for a crime she did not commit.

Ms Lim said the North Korean guards “do not see them as human beings, just as animals”.

She added: “We were manipulated not to feel any sympathy for prisoners. We were told they had committed terrible crimes. Now I know they were normal people so I feel very guilty.”

The barbaric units have reportedly grown since Kim Jong-un took over his family’s dictatorship six years ago. Thor Halvorssen, of the Human Rights Foundation which assists defectors said: “The [prison] size is matched only by the cruelty.

“Not since the concentration camps of the Nazis and gulags of Stalin has humanity seen such a meticulously organised system to punish and dehumanise a population.”

North Korean defectors arrive at a detention centre in Thailand. Ahn Myung-Chul, another runaway prison guard who worked in four different camps, said: “Those who die are the lucky ones. This is modern-day slavery, torturing people over decades.”

Today Ms Lim lives in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, just 35 miles from the Korean border but a world away from the despotic regime that held her in its rigid grip.

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