To understand North Korea, you must first wrap your mind around the utter horror of its gulag system. More than 200,000 men, women and children are currently interned in these concentration death camps. Only 3 people have ever escaped. Fox News interviewed one of them this week.
The man's name is Shin Dong-hyuk. He was born inside Camp 14, the notorious labor camp for political dissidents just south of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.
"The first rule was that you cannot escape," Shin said. "And there were other parts to that first rule such as if you attempt to escape you will be shot to death and those that sought the attempt to escape another prisoner and failed to report, they themselves would be shot as well."
But at the age of 22 Shin did manage to escape. After plotting with a fellow inmate, who had grown up on the outside, Shin Dong Hyuk and his friend made a run for the electric fence as they were gathering wood. His friend was electrocuted on the fence. That allowed Shin to climb over the body and avoid injury.
Shin said he was willing to risk death for the chance to be free.
"My feeling at that time, even if I were to get shot and die, was that I would want to experience even just for one day of that freedom and that life that this prisoner had told me so much about. Unfortunately, it was only I who was able to escape successfully."
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