Inside North Korea



2010 World cup Football tournament had many surprises. The first one was the elimination of the champions teams like Italy and France in the first round. It also witnessed the South American domination with their agile moves and brilliant co-ordination. But if there was any team which that had created an impact just by their sheer presence, then it must be the North Korean team, represented as Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR).


Every player plays with a passion for their nation, but North Korean players played with fear. They feared their fate if they return home as losers. I read somewhere which said that these players would be forced to work in the coal mines as a part of the punishment. The meal these players had in China during their wait for the transit flight back to N.Korean must have been their best one for a long time to come.

2010 North Korean Football Team

N.Korea, the world’s secret nation had been a subject of interest for me. Although I was aware of the dictatorship rule being present there, there were some facts which was too much for me to digest. This blog of mine tries to capture the life inside N.Korea. I write this to share the brutal fate humanity faces in this century, and still, the world can’t do anything about it (just like that of the genocide in Africa and Ceylon).


The Partition


The Korean peninsula together was initially governed by the Korean Empire until Japan annexed it following the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. After the end of World War II, It got divided into Soviet and American occupied zones in 1945. North Korea refused to participate in a United Nations supervised election held in the south in 1948, which led to the creation of separate Korean governments for the two occupation zones.


Both North and South Korea claimed sovereignty over the peninsula as a whole, which led to the Korean War of 1950. A 1953 armistice ended the fighting; however, the two countries are officially still at war with each other, as a peace treaty was never signed.



The Rulers


The country’s government is said to follow the Juche ideology of self-reliance, developed by the country’s former President, Kim Il-Sung. After his death, his eldest son, Kim Jong Il-was declared to be the country’s Eternal President. Juche became the official state ideology when the country adopted a new constitution in 1972, though Kim Il-sung had been using it to form policy since at least as early as 1955.


Officially a socialist republic, many media organizations outside North Korea report that it is a totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship. Maybe this is the reason the educated here know Stalin (but unaware of Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi). After Kim Jong-il, it’s his son Kim Jong Un’s turn to dictate.


Propoganda posters of North Korea

People in N.Korea get brainwashed to believe that their leader is a reincarnation of God. For example, when they feed food to their children, they are expected to give thanks to a portrait of “Father Kim 2 Sung”. Even the military gets taught that the Kim family - Great Leader Kim 2 Sung, then Dear Leader Kim Jong 2 - were the “sun of their solar system, and they were the orbiting satellites. All their devotion and energy belonged to Kim.” Ordinary people are required to wear a badge with the face of the Dear Leaders at all times.



What does a Family mean to the government?


North Korean authorities regard the family as a “cell,” or basic unit of society, but not an economic entity. A person participates in production in a cooperative, factory, or office and individually earns “work points.” The payment for work points earned by family members goes to the family unit as a whole. The family head, the father or the grandfather no longer manages and organizes the family’s economic life.

Kim Jong Un at the lubricant factory

Markets


If you have a chance to watch any satellite photo of N.Korea at night, then you would realize that it is dark, very dark. The acute shortage of power had made N.Korea stop the power supply most of the day. This power shortage, in turn, had curtailed the country’s industrial’s progress.