Resources on North Korean Gulags

A mantra you’ll often hear is “‘We don’t know much about North Korea.’
That’s actually not really true.” -Nicholas Eberstadt, HRNK

The Hidden Gulag, 2nd Ed. – by David Hawk
An in-depth report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea containing survivors’ accounts, detailed maps, satellite images, and more. Available for free download (245 pages) on HRNK’s website.

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West – by Blaine Harden
The story of Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born into a North Korean prison camp. Already a bestseller, this book may change everyone’s perception that “we don’t know enough about North Korea.” Cited at the Hidden Gulag conference in DC in April 2012 as one of the key ways to encourage religious leaders to care about this issue.

One Free Korea –
The two bloggers at One Free Korea provide a hub of information for anyone interested in North Korea. Their Google Earth research into locations of the prison camps was groundbreaking, and even more impressive when you think they do this as a hobby.

These are a pretty good start to understanding not only what is happening in the North Korean camps, but also how much information we really do have. In addition, over 10,000 escapees and defectors in South Korea have already interviewed with the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB), so even more information and material is out there and will likely be published in the future.

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