The Tumen River felt icy as Kim Song Ju waded through it in March 2006. He was 32 years old, had sold his house and goods for food, and was desperate to escape poverty and starvation in his homeland of North Korea. On the river‚Äôs far side was China, where he‚Äôd already sent his mother to live with relatives. By crossing the Tumen without permission, he was breaking laws in both nations.
Kim was one of thousands who have fled North Korea in recent years. Food rationing, political and religious suppression, and severe abuse in prison camps make the Democratic People‚Äôs Republic of Korea one of the cruelest places on earth.
Like many defectors, Kim‚Äôs first trip to China was brief. Chinese authorities soon discovered and deported him. During a truck ride to a North Korean detention center, guards made Kim and other detainees sing....
Secret State of North Korea (video) is still there, and it is a good one. Pity, it doesn't mention the Christian influence at all in the contacts that many South Koreans make with the North, but still very informative of what is happening in North Korea.