|A 2002 satellite photo shows the barracks of a camp at Haengyong, North Korea (Photo: Reuters)|
Former North Korea Female guard reveals what life is like at a North Korean prison camp.(Independent).
Lim Hye-jin described watching interned political dissenters set on fire, beheaded and shot dead en masse in collective punishment following escape attempts.
Thousands of inmates in North Korean prison camps face beatings, summary executions, starvation and rape, a former guard has revealed.
Lim Hye-jin described watching interned political dissenters set on fire, beheaded and shot dead en masse in collective punishment following escape attempts, in an interview with the Daily Mail.
The revelations come as tensions continue to boil on the Korean peninsula, stoked by the aggressive posturing of Donald Trump and senior members of his administration.
After being briefly imprisoned herself for illegal training, Ms Lim reportedly defected from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) 15 years ago, and now lives in the southern capital, Seoul.
In one incident, which Ms Lim described to the Mail, a pair of brothers made a temporarily successful bid for freedom, and seven members of their family were executed on the spot in revenge.
The brothers were later dragged back to the camp, pelted with stones by prisoners forced to participate in the punishment, then beheaded. Ms Lim said this was done as "a warning" to the other inmates.
Ms Lim also reported seeing a woman stripped naked and set on fire, by guards who "do not see [prisoners] as human beings, just as animals", and "affairs" between male prison guards and inmates which were "basically rape".
There are an estimated 200,000 people in prison camps across the pariah state, and tens of thousands more in so-called "re-education" camps run along similarly brutal lines.Read the full story here.