Kim Eun Jin – a martyr’s story from his daughter who survived North Korea’s brutal crackdown on Christians

What an inspirational testimony! Kim Eun Jin’s grandmother was the only one who had a Bible, and her Bible was in the Chinese language. So, Kim’s grandmother translated the Bible, page by page into the Korean language. Kim’s father, a faithful man and leader of the Christian church was arrested and taken to a labor camp, where it is believed he was killed. Watch the video below for a precious interview with a wonderful christian woman who shares her testimony of persecution in North Korea.

Kim Eun Jin N. KoreaPhoto credit video

Every day, at the breakfast table, my father would tell us that one day they will come for us and arrest us for being Christians. He warned us for the price we would some day face for our faith. I remember him saying often that, „Even if I face death, I will follow Jesus”. 

Kim Eun Jin, age 31, born in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim’s testimony is rare, considering the numbers in North Korea. The CIA estimates that some 24 million people live in the communist country, and the best guess is about 2% or 480,000 are Christians. Just a handful of them have escaped from the brutal regime.  and lived to tell their story. Kim Eun Jin is one of them.

Growing up, I was told by authorities there is no God in this world. We were ordered instead to worship Kim Il-sung and Kim Jung-il, the leaders of the country. Freedom of religion is guaranteed under North Korea’s constitution, but, it’s never encouraged. Growing up she had heard how her city, Pyongyang was once the Jerusalem of the East. In 1945, 13% of the population was Christian. The city was the center of Christianity on the Korean peninsula. Half a century later, Kim’s faith made her a target.

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☆ Stories of Persecution in North Korea – Student Testimony // The 3rd Lausanne Congress CapeTown South Africa 2010

An inspiring testimony from a North Korean Student who was orphaned and now wants to live her life for the Lord. From The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism.
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☆ Stories of Persecution in North Korea -The story of Hea Woo
For more information on Christian persecution in North Korea, please visit… VIDEO by Open Doors USA

North Korea: Hea-Woo

Still the most hostile country in which to live and practise the Christian faith, there are reports of many Christians arrested, with at least 25 per cent of Christians believed to be languishing in labour camps for their refusal to worship founder Kim Il-Sung’s cult. Half the population lives in the north, close to China, where family-based networks of house churches exist in significant numbers. Roughly ten million inhabitants are malnourished, with thousands eating only grass and bark. VIDEO by Open Doors UK & Ireland

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North Korea Through the Eyes of Witnesses (Video with secret footage)

The video presents women, children and political prison camp issues in North Korea. Seven victims decribe their experiences of horror. The video is intertwined with secret footages shot in North Korea. The documentary was produced in 2011 by the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.,….
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Shin, the only person to escape a North Korean Camp, from Journeyman Pictures (viewer discretion advised)

The only escapee of North Koreas most brutal prison camp has lived to tell us a story of unspeakable horror. Starved of food and common humanity, Shin proves that gulags are still a tragic reality.
We were always hungry. Shins most vivid memory of his life in the camp is the constant hunger he felt, food made me escape, even if it was going to cost me my life. The only thing that interested me was the food. Before his escape three years ago, he didnt even know that a world existed beyond the barbed wires. Until then, his life had been one of torture, hard labour and complete isolation.

My mother was supposed to inform on me and me on her. He believed she deserved her fate as he witnessed her execution. I blamed her. I had no real feelings as a kid. Shin didnt know love, only violence. Once the guards beat a little girl on the head so hard, she died the next day.

He eventually escaped through a gap in a high-voltage fence. His charred legs still bear the scars. As horrible as it is, Shins story is not unique. Wang, himself a former prisoner, is a prominent writer on the subject.

He believes that oppression in North Korea will keep increasing: The brutality of the system has grown to the point where Kim Jong Il now fears that he will suffer the same fate as Ceausescu of Romania. He simply wants to kill all his enemies.

VIDEO by Journeyman Pictures See more here – Journeyman Pictures- a list of films (links) about North Korea

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BORN AND RAISED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP in North Korea (video from Google Talks)

Google Tech Talks from May, 12 2008
Here is the abstract that was presented for the talk:


Google will be hosting Dong Hyuk Shin, a 26-year-old North Korean defector born and raised in a concentration camp. Shin was born on Nov. 19, 1982 and called the camp home until 2005. While at the camp, he endured daily beatings, torture, starvation-level rations, saw forced abortions and even witnessed the public execution of his mother and brother in 1996. Shin described his life of total isolation from the world: „In South Korea, although there is disappointment and sadness, there is also so much joy, happiness and comfort. In Kaechon, I did not even know such emotions existed. The only emotion I ever knew was fear: fear of beatings, fear of starvation, fear of torture and fear of death.” LiNK’s Executive Director Adrian Hong will brief the audience on the broader issue of human rights in North Korea, as well as the current refugee situation and what can be done to help. Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, is an international non-governmental organization devoted to human rights in North Korea and the protection of North Korean refugees.

Speaker: Adrian Hong
Adrian Hong: Adrian Hong currently serves as Executive Director of Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, an international NGO devoted to human rights in North Korea, and the protection of North Korean refugees all over the world. In December of 2006, Mr. Hong was arrested along with 2 LiNK field workers and 6 North Korean refugees in the People’s Republic of China and imprisoned before being released and deported

Speaker: Dong-hyuk SHIN
Dong-hyuk SHIN: Mr. Shin was born and raised in Political Prison Camp No. 14 until his escape in 2005. Based in South Korea, he has testified before Britain’s House of Lords, and published a book in 2007 entitled „I Was a Political Prisoner at Birth in North Korea” published by the DataBase Center for North Korean Human Rights. Mr. Shin aspires to attend college and hopes to become a policeman.

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North Korea: UN rights probe shows ‘unspeakable atrocities’ – Fugari nord-coreeni au făcut „mărturii de nedescris” pentru anchetatorii ONU

Michael Kirby, who headed the inquiry, told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the witness testimonies were not isolated cases. He also stated that besides the torture, the inmates are also subjected to mass starvation: „They had to live on rodents, grasshoppers, lizards and grass”.

Kirby said the independent inquiry would seek to determine which North Korean institutions and officials were responsible. The report did not say what kind of prosecution might be considered. North Korea is not a member of the International Criminal Court, but the U.N. Security Council can ask the Hague-based court to investigate alleged abuses by non-signatories. North Korean diplomat Kim Yong Ho said the inquiry was a fake and defamatory „political plot” to force regime change in North Korea. It had been politicized by the European Union and Japan, „in alliance with the U.S. hostile policy”, Kim said. „We will continue to oppose any attempt of regime change and pressure under pretext of ‘human rights protection’,” he said. North Korea’s main ally China, joined by Belarus and Syria, were among countries defending it during the 90-minute debate. (


Reprezentanţii comisiilor din Tokyo şi Seul, care anchetează încălcarea drepturilor omului în Coreea de Nord şi interoghează coreeni aflaţi în exil şi foşti deţinuţi, s-au declarat şocaţi de mărturiile pe care fugarii le povestesc.

lagare_de_munca_coreea (Foto:ţele oferă o imagine sinistră a suferinţei umane. Între atrocităţile descrise se numără o femeie forţată să-şi înece propriul copil, copii închişi încă de la naștere şi înfometaţi, familii obligate să privească execuţiile rudelor sau condiţii de muncă silnică greu de descris.

„Mărturiile sunt reprezentative pe scară largă şi constituie încălcări sistematice şi barbare ale drepturilor omului”, a declarat Michael Kirby, cel care a condus interviurile. Totuşi, Coreea de Nord neagă adevărul acestor fapte şi chiar existenţa lagărelor de concentrare.

În plus, ambasadorul nord-corean So Se-pyong a declarat că mărturiile sunt „inventate de forţe ostile ţării”. Sursa Traducere


A UN rights investigation into North Korea has shown there is evidence of widespread violations by the state.

Those who survived North Korean prisons suffered „unspeakable atrocities”, said the UN panel, who interviewed exiles and former prisoners.

A North Korean official in Geneva, where the findings were presented on Tuesday, denied the findings.

The North is frequently accused of rights violations, including torture, abductions and running prison camps.

The UN panel members of this landmark investigation into North Korea interviewed witnesses in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, last month.

The panel was set up to investigate „the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights” in North Korea, the UN said in a previous statement.

North Korean soldiers patrol along the Yalu River at the North Korean town of Sinuiju on 12 February 2013 North Korea has refused requests from the UN panel to enter the country

Michael Kirby, who headed the inquiry, told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the witness testimonies were not isolated cases.

„They are representative of large-scale patterns that may constitute systematic and gross human rights violations,” he said as part of the panel’s preliminary report.

He added the testimonies gave „a face and voice to great human suffering”.

Some of the atrocities reported included a woman forced to drown her own baby; children imprisoned from birth and starved; and families tortured for watching a foreign soap opera.

Mr Kirby told BBC World TV that they had received testimony from people who had been born into the prison camps because their family members were already there.

„They had to live on rodents, grasshoppers, lizards and on grass and they were subject to cruelty,” he said.

Mr Kirby said that one case told of inmates having to watch the public execution of their mother and brother.

He added: „All in all it is a very horrifying story, the like of which I don’t think I’ve seen or read of since the Khmer Rouge [in Cambodia] and the Nazi atrocities during the second world war.”

The panel have yet to determine those responsible for the violations.

North Korea, however, has dismissed the report as part of a defamatory campaign aimed at regime change. It has not co-operated with the investigation and denies the existence of prison camps.

North Korean ambassador, So Se-pyong, told the council that the evidence was „fabricated and invented by forces hostile” to the country.

UN investigators have repeatedly asked Pyongyang to let them into the country, but their requests have been refused so far.

The final UN report is not due until March next year. Reporting from

Open Doors USA 2013 world ranking of persecution by country – North Korea still #1, Mali newcomer to list #7


Information and watch list from the non denominational group Rankings released January 8,2013

North Korea – For the eleventh year running, this is the most difficult place on earth to be a Christian. In a country of 24.5 million, there are just 400,000 Christians. North Korea is one of the remaining Communist states, and it is vehemently opposed to religion of any kind. Christians are classified as hostile and face arrest, detention, torture, even public execution. There is a system of labor camps including the renowned prison No. 15, which reportedly houses 6,000 Christians alone. But despite severe oppression, there is a growing underground church movement of an estimated 400,000 Christians. We have written on North Korea several times in the past year. At the bottom are some noteworthy articles you can read in order to become more familiar with the brutal hardship that is endured by the Christians of North Korea. You can also read about North Korea’s hidden gulag, below all of the links, and visit the website that published The Hidden Gulag Report.

African countries surge – Open Doors reports that persecution of Christians in Africa vastly increased in 2012. Mali is a newcomer on the list and holds the No. 7 position. Tanzania (No. 24), Kenya (No. 40), Uganda (47) and Niger (No. 50) also moved onto the World Watch List and Ethiopia is one of the strongest risers (from No. 38 to No. 15) on the list. In addition, the small African country of Eritrea made the Top 10 for the first time at No. 10. Libya climbed from No. 26 to No. 17.

Syria made the largest jump on the World Watch List. The country is No. 11 on the list, compared to No. 36 in 2012.

Christians are persecuted in at least 60 countries for their faith. They suffer interrogation, arrest and even death in some of the most dangerous and restrictive countries in the world. For 58 years Open Doors has supported and strengthened believers worldwide through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development and prayer and presence ministry. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at

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The Hidden Gulag

Second Edition

The Lives and Voices of
“Those Who are Sent to the Mountains”

David Hawk

Description: Based on extensive interviews with over 60 defectors and more than 40 satellite photos of North Korean political prisoner camps, the report calls for the dismantlement of the vast North Korean gulag system in which 150,000 to 200,000 are incarcerated.

From Page 158: In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, crimes against humanity are committed against persons sent to the political penal labor colonies. Evidence shows that:

1. Perceived or suspected “wrong-doers” or “wrong-thinkers,” or in some instances, persons with“wrong-knowledge,”123 and/or their family from the DPRK State Security Agency,124 which refuses to acknowledge the deprivation of freedom and refuses to provide information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons with the intent of removing those persons from the “protection of law” for a prolonged period of time.

2. The abducted persons are subjected to deportation or forcible transfer from the area in which they were lawfully present without grounds permitted under international law.

3. The abducted and deported persons are deposited at distant, remote, penal labor colonies or encampments, where they are subjected to “imprisonment or severe deprivation of physi- cal liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law.”129 These abductions, deporta- tions and the subsequent imprisonments all take place without any judicial process. There is no arrest, charge, trial, conviction or sentence, as provided in the DPRK Criminal Code and the DPRK Criminal Procedures Code.

4.The prolonged, indefinite detention of family members is a violation of Article 26 of the ICCPR, “…the law shall prohibit any discrimi- nation and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” The imprisonment of family members amounts to what the ICC Statute terms as “persecu- tion.” Most family members of suspected wrong-doers or wrong-thinkers are detained for the rest of their lives in sections of the prison camps termed “total control zones.”

5. Once cut off from any contact with the coun- try or world outside of the prison camp, including former family and friends, the imprisoned persons are subjected, usually for a lifetime, to arduous forced labor under extremely severe circumstances. This begins with the provision of below subsistence level food rations.

7. Prisoners are regularly subjected to beatings and sometimes more systematic torture for infractions of prison camp regulations and during interrogations.

8.On numerous occasions, prisoners compelled to observe executions (which are carried out publicly to demonstrate to other prisoners the severe consequences of escape attempts and/or non-compliance with camp regulations) …

9. Prison camp officials and guards are regularly able to exact sexual relations with female prison- ers under circumstances that have been judged to constitute rape or sexual violence …

These are just a few excerpts from the CONCLUSIONS in the Hidden Gulag Report. You can read the entire report here –

Photo via Google satellite via –

the rear of a secret Gulag (internment camp for Christians)

Where Christian Persecution is Worst

World Watch List 2013

Created by Open Doors, the World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst. The list covers persecution of Christians of all denominations in an entire country and focuses on persecution for their faith, not persecution for political, economic, social, ethnic or accidental reasons. VIDEO by Open Doors USA

Open Doors World Watch List 2012

The top 10 countries where the persecution of Christians is most severe… The church around the world is facing times which are unprecedented in many ways. For the tenth year in succession, the Open Doors World Watch List is topped by North Korea, and in places as diverse as Libya, North Korea, Pakistan and Burma, significant events are shaping society. But despite the many hardships, the body of Christ continues to grow.

Find out more about our World Watch List by visiting the Open Doors website: VIDEO by Open Doors UK & Ireland

US Christian Kenneth Bae Begins 15-Year Sentence in ‘Special Prison’ in North Korea

The Christian Post is reporting that U S Christian Kenneth Bae began serving his 15 year prison sentence of hard labor at a „special prison” in North Korea for alleged hostile acts against the state, two videos related to the tour guide and Christian missionary have emerged that may shed light on Bae’s evangelism activities in the oppressive communist country.

  • U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae appears in this undated photo shared on a Facebook page titled Remember Ken Bae, Detained in North Korea.
    (Photo: Facebook)
    U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae appears in this undated photo shared on a Facebook page titled „Remember Ken Bae, Detained in North Korea.”

North Korea’s official news agency has revealed that Bae, a 44-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen with family living in Washington state, entered prison on Tuesday, May 14, with no other details given on the location, name or specific type of prison, according to The Associated Press. Bae, who was put on trial and sentenced in April, reportedly lived in China close to the Korean border and frequently led tours into the country. Bae was arrested Nov. 3, 2012, while with a group of tourists in the northeastern port city of Rason (Rajin). During his trips, Bae apparently also visited and fed orphans, a topic he may have mentioned during a sermon he gave at a Missouri church in 2009.

Bae, whose tour company was called Nations Tour and operated out of Dalian, China, undoubtedly knew the risk he was taking if he indeed was evangelizing in North Korea. Despite its state-sanctioned churches, North Korea is notorious for its brutal means of keeping the masses in line, with its deadly labor camps frequently cited as examples by humanitarian groups worldwide.

Although the country’s constitution calls for freedom of religion, such a thing does not actually exist in North Korea, according to observers. The state ideology developed by deceased dictator Kim Il-Sung, called juche, claims that „man is the master of everything and decides everything,” according to the government’s website. North Koreans are compelled to venerate the ruling family, who have been ascribed mythological histories.

Bae is the sixth American to be detained by North Korea in five years, and none of his predecessors remained imprisoned longer than seven months. They, too, were given long prison sentences but were eventually released after visits to Pyongyang by high-profile Western officials, such as in 2009 when former President Bill Clinton secured the release of U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

A similar attempt might have been made to facilitate Bae’s release when former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited North Korea in January. Richardson told Reuters news agency that officials had informed him that Bae was in good health but that they would not be allowed to see him. The former governor was reportedly allowed to pass along a letter from Bae’s son.

The U.S. State Department has called on North Korea to release Bae, whom Pyongyang officials claim confessed to the crimes during interrogation.

PLEASE PRAY for Kenneth Bae!


Stiri Crestine – Centrul de Reeducare #15 din Nord Koreea – Persecutia crestinilor din Iraq si Egipt – Avortul si nevoia pentru miresele sclave in China – Biserica Filadelfia Chisinau in actiune

~~min 00:00 Lagarul secret din Nord Koreea- Kwanliso / Yodok – Centrul de Reeducare #15 unde se estimeaza ca sunt detinuti 50,000 de cetateni Nord Koreeni. Amnesty International sesiseaza ca lagarul este in crestere, cu mai multi prizonieri ca si acum 10 ani dupa ce au studiat imagini luate prin satelit in comparatie cu cele luate acum 10 ani. In interior are loc un masacru cumplit. Amnesty International spune ca ce se intapla acolo este ceva infernal. Doi din cinci detinuti mor din cauza malnutritii. Altii mor de la tortura si executii. Acesta este doar unul dintre 6 lagare in Nordul Koreei unde se estimeaza ca sunt detinuti aproximativ 200,000 de oameni. VEZI MAI MULTE articole despre acest lagar, inclusiv poze facute prin satelit aici – Global Persecution Watch – in English and Romanian

~~min 6:00 Marturia lui Kim Eun Jin– nascuta in Pyongyang, Koreea de Nord, populatie- 24 milioane. Doar 2% sau 480,000 sunt crestini. In 1945 13% din tara era crestina si Pyongyang era centrul crestinismului in peninsula Koreeana. CIncizeci de ani mai tarziu, credinta lui Kim a transformata in victima. Se intalneau ca sa se roage impreuna pe ascuns. Bunica ei avea o Biblie de pe timpul cand Koreea era sub Japonezi. Bunica ei avea o Biblie in Limba Chineza si a tradus-o intr-un caiet in limba Koreeana. Asa citeau singura Biblie in posesia lor si gaseau tarie in Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu. Nu dupa mult timp, autoritatile au aflat ca tatal ei se inchina pe ascuns. In 1994 autoritatile au descoperit ca parintii lui Kim conducea o biserica subterana si l-a arestat pe tatal ei impreuna cu fratele lui. Asa au ajuns amandoi in unul dintre cele 6 lagare din Koreea de Nord.

Kim isi aminteste cum tatal ei le spunea zilnic la micul dejun, ca intr-o zi va veni dupa ei sa ii aresteze pentru ca sunt crestini. Le-a spus de pretul care il vor plati pentru credinta lor. Le spunea, „Il voi urma pe Isus chiar daca voi fi amenintat cu moartea.”   In aceiasi zi cand tatal ei a fost arestat, mama ei si bunica au reusit sa fuga in munti. In 2005, cu ajutorul unui pastor chinez, ea a traversat raul Tumen si a emigrat in China. Familia ei a urmat-o in cateva luni.

~~min 11:40 Crestinii ajuta si evanghelizeaza dupa cutremur si tsunami in Japonia.

~~min 15:20 IRAQ – Din 2003 si pana in prezent atacatorii au aruncat in aer 70 de biserici. In jur de 2/3 din crestinii din Iraq au fugit din tara. Iar in EGIPT, cei care au viza incep sa plece. Foarte multi ani, crestinii din Egipt au fost protejati de regimul dictatorial. Primavara Araba a pus capat protectiei. Vechea conducere seculara, chiar daca era dictatoriala si tiranica, le permitea sa aiba biserici si sa se roage liberi. Acum sunt preocupati de posibilitatea interzicerii acestor practici. In ARABIA SAUDITA, majoritatea crestinilor sunt muncitori straini. Bisericile sunt interzise. Se spune ca guvernul vaneaza oamenii cae se roaga in casele lor. Aceasta nu se intampla doar in orientul mijlociu.

Are loc o radicalizare a Islamului in intreaga lume, care impacta toleranta de non musulmani. Aceste tari sunt Nigeria, Nord Koreea, China, Vietnam si Pakistan. Totusi persecutia este ignorata de mass media. Crestinii sunt ucisi in lumea islamica din cauza religiei lor.Acest genocid ar trebui sa declanseze o alarma globala.

~~min 18:00 Granita intre Nord si Sud Koreea. Statisticile arata ca majoritatea Nord Koreenilor care deserteaza sunt femei. Apoi, majoritatea femeilor sunt vandute in China. Ele incearca sa fuga, dar sunt prinse. Femeile sunt batute din nou si din nou. Adeseori sunt inchise intr-o camera zile in sir. Cele care reusesc sa ajunga in China dau peste traficanti care pun mana pe ele. Femeile Nord Koreene au devenit o marfa pentru China.

Preferinta de secole a Chinei pentru baieti, combinata cu avortul a milioane de fete a dat nastere unui dezechilibru al sexelor. De exemplu, intr-o zona din nordvestul Chinei raportul dintre barbati si femei este de 14 la 1. In alte parti ale Chinei sunt sate in care nu exista femei. Asa, ca este o cerere mare pentru asa numitele ‘mirese sclave’ din Koreea de Nord.

Natiunile Unite spun ca aproape 2/3 din miile de refugiati Nord Koreeni sunt femei; 80% dintre ele sunt traficate pentru casatorie. Legea internationala spune ca femeile care fug din Nord Koreea sunt considerate refugiate. Dar China le deporteaza. Asa ca traficantii le ameninta cu arestul sau deportare.

~~min 23:00 Father of the sword-Tatal Sabiei in sudul insulelor Filipine, Barsilan– sunt foarte furiosi pe crestini si mai ales pe turistii crestini. Doresc sa Islamizeze intreaga insula Barsilan. Dar, e imposibil pentru ca aici crestinii si musulmanii locuiesc impreuna. Bruparea terorista a ucis mii de oameni, inclusiv 23 de soldati Filipinezi in 2009. Au decapitat 15 soldati in 2007 si 2011. Doar anul acesta, 2012 au ucis 6 muncitori de la planta de cauciuc si au ranit inca 20 atunci cand compania nu a platit taxa de protectie.

~~min 28:00 Biserica Filadelfia Chisinau ajuta o vaduva cu 4 copii.

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