A 9-year-old girl is among seven North Korean defectors recently arrested in China who are being threatened with repatriation. The girl, known only by her surname, Choe, was left behind in North Korea when her parents escaped to South Korea in because they deemed it too dangerous to smuggle her with them. The Choes said they fled because of widespread famine.
Hannah Allam. A unique gaming exercise allows girls to be generals for a day as part of an effort to boost women's participation in national security. On a recent morning, 15 teenage girls and young women reported for duty at an office overlooking the Pentagon.
Interestingly enough, many women in the country are the breadwinners in the family thanks to lucrative markets where they can sell their goods. But abuse and violence are still commonplace, despite their key role in the economy. Young Korean women are often at risk.
Getting drunk with friends till dawn, going on dates to the cinema, playing too many video games. While these might sound like run-of-the-mill adolescent coming of age exploits, these activities took on a rather different form for Jimmin Kang in North Korea. Drinking with friends was overshadowed by the fear of talking about the regime, going to the cinema was blighted by not being able to kiss in public and having to watch one film six times because nothing else was showing.
In what heinous example, she recalled standing in a crowd of 10, people assembled to watch the execution of 11 musicians who allegedly made a pornographic video. Security guards ordered the viewers to leave their classes and stand in a stadium around the men, who were tied up and gagged. And the guns were fired one after the other.
The Asahi Shimbun said Monday that six teenagers aged 16 and 17 in the North's Ryanggang Province stood public trial on March 22 for listening and dancing to roughly 50 K-Pop songs, before distributing them to others on a flash drive. The sentence for the other two teenagers are unknown but all six were sent to an offenders' institution after the trial, according to the report. In the North, those who commit less serious crimes receive a labor sentence which ranges between six and 12 months.
Soldiers pick the young girls at random, have their medical history examined to ensure health and virginity and then draft them to be part of the ultra-secret group made up of 2, North Korean girls, Fox News reported. Once drafted, the girls are no longer allowed to get in touch with their relatives in any way. The members are reportedly separated and trained to perform one of three specialized tasks — a group for sexual services, another for giving massages, and one for singing and dancing.
The youngsters are escaping the eye of tyrannical officials by logging into underground social network Yik Yak. It lets users post anonymous messages from anywhere in the world that can be seen by those within a five-mile radius. The underground social network is also filled with posts mocking dumpy despot Kim Jong-Un and urging him to "go on a diet".
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The youngsters are escaping the eye of tyrannical officials by logging into underground social network Yik Yak. It lets users post anonymous messages from anywhere in the world that can be seen by those within a five-mile radius. The underground social network is also filled with posts mocking dumpy despot Kim Jong-Un and urging him to "go on a diet". Others have branded the dictator a "liar" while mocking his bizarre haircut - which he has ordered men in the secretive nation to copy.