These are just a few of the horrifying tales of abuse suffered by religious prisoners in North Korea, where worshipping anyone other than Kim Jong-un is strictly outlawed.
Interviews with survivors of prisons and ‘re-education’ camps reveal how three-year-old children were arrested and subjected to body cavity searches, women were forced to undergo abortions or have newborn babies killed, and others were worked to death in forced labour camps. While the prisons are designed to punish all religious believers, former inmates recalled how the harshest punishments were reserved for Christians. A horrifying report has detailed the torture methods that North Korea uses on its religious prisoners, with the harshest punishment reserved for Christians (file image). The gruesome details are contained within a new report from the London-based Korea Future Initiative, which helps rescue people from the isolated nation. Staff interviewed 117 exiled North Koreans about their experiences of religious persecution within the country, dating from 1990 until 2019.
They recounted hundreds of cases of people being punished for their beliefs, including public executions, beatings, imprisonment, torture, and sexual violence. In one case, a man who had converted to Christianity was forced into a metal cage that measured just 3ft high by 4ft wide. ‘There were steel bars on all four-sides that were heated with electricity,’ he said ‘Usually prisoners lasted only three or four hours in the cage, but I sat there for 12 hours and prayed. I kept praying to God to save me.’ The man said he eventually soiled himself and passed out. When he woke up, he found guards had removed him from the cage and beaten him while unconscious, leaving him with severe injuries to his face and right leg. Female prisoners were also subjected to horrifying treatment, including forced abortions that took place in North Hamgyong province.
Other types of torture that were documented included strangulation, starvation and lacing of water mixed with pepper down your nostrils. God save us all.
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