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Former guard reveals what life is like at a North Korean prison camp

Lim Hye-jin described watching interned political dissenters set on fire, beheaded and shot dead en masse in collective punishment following escape attempts.
Thousands of inmates in North Korean prison camps face beatings, summary executions, starvation and rape, a former guard has revealed.

Lim Hye-jin described watching interned political dissenters set on fire, beheaded and shot dead en masse in collective punishment following escape attempts, in an interview with the Daily Mail.

The revelations come as tensions continue to boil on the Korean peninsula, stoked by the aggressive posturing of Donald Trump and senior members of his administration.

After being briefly imprisoned herself for illegal training, Ms Lim reportedly defected from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) 15 years ago, and now lives in the southern capital, Seoul.

She said: “We were manipulated not to feel any sympathy for prisoners. We were told they had committed terrible crimes. Now I know they were normal people so I feel very guilty.

“I feel so betrayed by leaders who lied to us. We were told not to see these people as humans. Now I feel traumatised.”

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