July 10, 2020

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In-hua Kim

In-hua Kim is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. She left the DPRK in 2018, and now resides in South Korea.

More articles by 'In-hua Kim'

Ask a North Korean: are there really no cases of COVID-19 in North Korea?

"Nobody will believe you if you say there are no coronavirus cases in North Korea"

In-hua Kim July 1, 2020

Ask a North Korean: what do North Koreans think about NGOs working in the DPRK?

"I was never able to benefit from any of the food and medicine sent by humanitarian organizations"

In-hua Kim May 15, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how severe is bullying in North Korean schools?

"A group of rough students attacked a classmate... he was beaten so badly that they actually killed him."

In-hua Kim May 1, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how are orphans treated in North Korea?

"In North Korea, orphans live pitiful lives on the brink of death"

In-hua Kim April 13, 2020

Ask a North Korean: what do North Koreans think about black people?

"In general, North Koreans sympathize with black Americans just like they do with those in Africa"

In-hua Kim April 2, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how much do North Koreans know about the outside world?

"Ordinary North Koreans have very skimpy knowledge about the outside world"

In-hua Kim March 18, 2020

Ask a North Korean: can money buy freedom in the DPRK?

"Money and bribes are far more important than in South Korea"

In-hua Kim March 3, 2020

Ask a North Korean: were North Koreans genuinely grieving when Kim Il Sung died?

"It felt like the world was coming to an end"

In-hua Kim January 30, 2020

Ask a North Korean: what does the leader's New Year's speech mean to you?

"No North Korean is looking forward to the New Year’s speech"

In-hua Kim | Tae-il Shim January 3, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how do you feel about the UN ban on overseas workers?

"I couldn't help but sigh at the news that North Korean overseas workers were being sent back to North Korea"

In-hua Kim December 23, 2019