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Small scale commerce like these vendors have been appearing all around North Korea. Most sell ice cream, donuts, popcorn, drinks, and other snacks.
I thought this was an amazing photoset of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It shows the North Korean people as actual human beings, rather than crazed nuclear warheads.
I honestly feel so bad for the innocent North Korean Citizens
MEANWHILE, let’s discuss some reality.
For many years, all teachers in NorK had to play the accordion. It was a requirement. I am not making that up.
Haircuts are government approved. There is not a very long list.
Entire families will disappear in the dead of night, spirited away to prison camps. To drive this point home: When Kim Jong Ill died, not mourning him properly was enough to be sentenced like that.
Malnutrition and starvation are so rampant that the average NorK is six inches shorter than the average South Korean.
Do the citizens deserve any of it? No. They asked for none of this. They’re human. They’re also entirely brainwashed. It is Jonestown on the scale of a country.
You might also be interested in an Ask Me Anything by a recently escaped North Korean.
And here is the testimony of an escapee from NorK who worked at a prison camp. Not for the weak of stomach or will, here’s a sample.
Many prisoners died from hard work, poor treatment, and beatings. The dead bodies were often buried under the fruit trees in the prison orchard. The fruits (apples, pears, peaches, and plums) from the Kaechon orchard have earned a reputation for their large size and sweet taste. They are reserved for senior party and police officials.
On one occasion, 150 corpses were rolled up in straw mats and buried under the fruit trees. The families were never informed and the bodies can no longer be identified.
Welcome to North Korea.
YES THIS IS FOREVER WHAT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET EVERY ONE OF MY FRIENDS TO UNDERSTAND GEEZUS.
I feel like the intent of the original post was to humanize North Koreans, especially after all the NUKE ‘EM bullshit that fuckwits have been spouting. I don’t think it was intended to imply that everything in NK was happy fun times. But yes, all of this is true. I read Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, and it was a devastating but illuminating read. I’d really recommend it.
Nothing to Envy was the first book I read regarding DPRK. I also recommend it. My girlfriend also recommends the following: Eating with the Enemy by Robert Egan and Kurt Pitzer, and Only Beautiful Please by John Everard.
Surprisingly Lush Photos of Daily Life in North Korea
APR 12, 2013
Few have an opportunity to peek behind the veil of North Korea. This photo collection, pulled together by Reuters, reveals a surprisingly varied vision of life in North Korea. (Though of course, as most journalists need to be accompanied by minders, there are probably things we’ll never get to see).
Every time some dumb fuck says something about bombing North Korea off the map I want to scream. Those babies faces, that could be my baby. I see my own daughter in all of their innocent faces. That is the same blood in her veins.
Pablo Picasso - Massacre in Korea
“In 2008 the South Korean Truth and Reconciliation commission found 1,222 instances of mass killings, with at least 215 of these involving U.S. troops or airplanes massacring unarmed civilians. At Cheongwon in central Korea, up to 7,000 people were slaughtered.”
The U.S. committed an uncountable amount of acts designated as “war crimes”, including widespread use of chemical and biological weapons such as the plague, and intentionally destroying hydroelectric dams that provided drinking water for 75% of the population. In total around 5 million Koreans lost their lives.
Remember No Gun Ri, Jeju, Yeosun, and the countless other instances of mass extermination by the U.S.
Reblogging this because most of my followers probably don’t know about this and this is important regardless of whether or not you’re Korean. SERIOUSLY, READ THIS. This is important if you’re an American (well, in my opinion, it’s important even if you’re not) and if you want to better understand why, aside from the obvious, the U.S. and North Korea don’t get along and why the DPRK hates the U.S so much.
I’m going to condense this into bullets and put the main points in bold because I know that if this is super long, you guys are definitely going all TL;DR and scroll past this post. Anyway, if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer to the best of my limited knowledge:
- The U.S., not Korea, was completely responsible for splitting Korea into two, which everyone in Korea wanted to avoid. This happened in 1945 at the end of WWII with the surrender of Japan (not with the 1953 Korean War armistice which basically just reaffirmed things that were already in place).
- Yes, armistice, not treaty. Even though it’s been 63 years since the start of the war (and 60 since the armistice), the war has never officially ended. The two Koreas are technically still at war. This explains the South’s mandatory military service required of all their male citizens and why, if the North declares war, it’s a continuation of an existing war rather than a completely new one.
- The U.S. is also partially at fault for the Korean War happening. After WWII, they put those who were in power during colonial rule back into influential positions in the South, pissing off a lot of people in the North for a lot of reasons, namely that many of these people were Japanese sympathizers or collaborators. Basically, they put the old Japanese machinery back into place and if you know anything of the Japanese occupation of Korea, you’ll know why they were angry. It’s also why the North didn’t see the South’s government as legitimate. Yeah, somehow the U.S. thought it was a great idea to put people who supported their enemies during the war in power again.
- The American strategy during the Korean War was to wipe out all life in tactical locality. They carpet-bombed the North with bombs and napalm with next to no concern for civilian casualties.
- According to U.S. Air Force estimates, “the scale of urban destruction quite exceeded that in Germany and Japan.” Yes, you read correctly. Feel free to go “WTH?” especially considering how tiny North Korea is (46,541 sq. miles). It’s about the same size as Pennsylvania (46,055 sq. miles). Compare that to Germany (137,800 sq. miles) and Japan (145,925 sq. miles).
- More bombs were dropped in Korea by the U.S. than had been dropped in the entire Pacific theater in World War II. Also a huge WTH if you guys know how bad the war was in the Pacific.
- By 1953, at least 50% of 18 out of North Korea’s 22 major cities were obliterated.
- Nearly 10% of the Korean population died during the war, the majority from the North.
- The aerial bombardment of North Korea inflicted the greatest loss of civilian life in the Korean War by far.
So basically, the U.S. never talks about this. I never learned ANY of this growing up. All I learned from high school was that the North started the Korean War (only partially true; they did invade, but things had been going on before 1950 due to American actions and conflicts originating from the colonial era) and that the U.S. and South Korea (democracy! Good!) went against North Korea and China (Communism! Bad!). I was shocked when I learned all this last semester and basically, it makes it a lot easier to understand the deep seated hatred North Korea holds towards the United States today. I’m not saying the North wasn’t aggressive during the war; they were as were the South, but it’s kind of strange how while it was the U.S. that wreaked the most devastation during the war, the North is seen as the ultimate aggressor.
Like do you guys understand? The U.S. committed war crimes and NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS SO IMPORTANT IN UNDERSTANDING WHY NORTH KOREA ACTS THE WAY IT DOES RIGHT NOW (not including the events that happen from 1953 and on with the collapse of the USSR, the 1990s famine, and basically just how the U.S. dealt and interacted with the DPRK in the second half of the 20th century).
Anyway, sorry this is disgustingly long, but I just think it’s really important for people to learn and know. :/
Thank you for adding that information. This information should be required reading for all humans.
that explains why North Korea acts so erratically to our eyes…
» Five Things To Know About North Korea's Threats
- Kim Jong Un is trying to impress his people
- This may be more serious than other threats
- NK does not yet have functional nuclear bombs
- They do have other weapons
- They have reduced their nuclear program in recent times
if i see that ‘pray for our kpop idols because north korea declared war on south korea!!!!1!’ post one more time
i am going to shoot someone in the dick i swear to god
that is the dumbest post for so many reasons… well really 2.
A) North Korea regularly declares violence against or war on South Korea. No one that actually lives there is all that worried.
B) YOU SHOULDN’T BE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR PRECIOUS OPPAR IF A WAR BREAKS OUT. YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT ALL SOUTH KOREAN CITIZENS BECAUSE NORTH KOREA IS CAPABLE OF FUCKING OWNING THEM
not that north korea hates south korea all that much, their beef with them mainly lies in that they’re allies with us, the U.S., and they’re easy to get to. maybe instead of crying about oppa, try and get something done in the U.S. to ease things between north korea and… well, everybody else.
because we seem to forget or not be educated at all in that the U.S. seperated the koreas in the first place and basically caused all this shit to happen, and if we apologized and allowed them to unify or take some sort of monetary reparation from us, this might all go away, or at least lessen the threat to our allies. (that’s just my idealism talking, sorry)
but we’ll never apologize because of the whole USA #1 mentality
and that kind of pride is going to send US straight into another war, and on a much larger scale than anything north korea threatens to do to south korea
if you only care about pretty faces and pop music that’s fine but don’t pretend to know more about the political climate of a country than you actually do.
south korea’s fine
oppa will be fine
calm the fuck down
Soldiers on a ride at Kaeson Youth Park
Pyongyang’s most famous culinary dish: Pyongyang cold noodles
Marking International Tree-Planting Day in North Korea
Tower of the Juche Idea
Rural village in Huichon