Your chance to ask questions to North Koreans about life growing up in the DPRK
Organizations set aside time for reading newspapers, but most citizens find it tedious and overstuffed with ideology
Public restrooms and toilet paper are in short supply, while expense of flush toilets results in a porcelain ‘hierarchy’
Special foods and solar-powered fans are common remedies, and even soldiers will take siestas on hottest days
The final chapter in a harrowing escape from North Korea that forced one defector to leave her child and husband behind
The state has failed to fully root out folk beliefs, which range from wedding rituals to tall tales about Kim Il Sung
Adapting to life in an alien country is a daunting challenge, one defector says, so any assistance can go a long way
Defectors from border areas can arrange calls when sending money, but it’s more difficult for those from Pyongyang
A defector explains why many must procure their own implants, the growing popularity of teeth whitening and more
‘You cannot change where you were born, but you can choose where you live’
Separation from family and fast pace of life in South are challenging, but freedom from want and fear are irreplaceable
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