Life in North Korea


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    Pratibha bissht

    pratibhabissht@mtkenyatimes.co.ke

    Daily life in North Korea has come under greater scrutiny over the past few years as worries about political stability in the region have intensified.
    North Korea is “one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world”.
    The regime “curtails all basic human rights, including freedom of expression, assembly, and association and freedom to practice religion. It prohibits any organized political opposition, independent media, free trade unions, and independent civil society organizations. Arbitrary arrest, torture in custody, forced labor and public executions maintain an environment of fear and control.”
    The North Korea is holding between 80,000 and 130,000 political prisoners, who suffer intense persecution.
    According to the report, these abuses include “systematic murder, torture, and persecution of Christians, rape, forced abortions, starvation and overwork leading to countless deaths”.
    All North Koreans need permission to live in the capital Pyongyang. Most of Pyongyang’s inhabitants are supports of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, who have a higher position in society.
    Much of the city operates an “alternative suspension of electricity supply” system, meaning that when buildings on one side of the street are blacked out, the other side of the street gets power.
    “The scarcity of cars, the early nights, the absence of entertainment venues, and the electricity shortages, mean that by midnight Pyongyang is effectively a ghost city, and remains so until 6am the next day”.
    Food shopping is equally problematic. “Staples such as soy sauce, soybean paste, salt and oil, as well as toothpaste, soap, under wear and shoes, sell out fast”. The range of food items available is highly restricted. The main staple of the North Korean diet is rice, “though bread is sometimes available, accompanied by a form of butter that is often rancid”.
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