One African Man’s North Korean Juche Adventure

The curious tale of why a young man from Guinea ended up becoming a pawn in North Korea's 1980's UN vote chase.
March 7th, 2013
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Artwork by NK NEWS illustrator Cammy Smithwick

From the 1960s to the 1980s, North Korea established connections with many developing world nations in a global struggle to garner UN votes. In an attempt to export the Juche ideology around the world, the DPRK invited a number of African nations to send students to North Korean

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About the Author

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young has a bachelor's and master's degree in history from The State University of New York, The College at Brockport. He will begin his PhD studies in modern Korean history at The George Washington University in Fall 2014. He has studied the Korean language at Geumgang University in Nonsan, South Korea and with the Pyongyang Project in Yanji, China. 

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