Tae-il Shim is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. He left the DPRK in 2018, and now resides in South Korea.
“North Korean workers are eager to go to Russia. In North Korea, they’d be working all year long for meager wages.”
“Let alone mosques, there aren’t really any churches, monasteries or temples in North Korea.”
"Those with money view those without it as non-human ... They work those beneath them like slaves."
"North Korea is sealed off from the rest of the world, but defectors are able to make contact"
"In my personal opinion, these leaflet launches into North Korea should be encouraged and widely carried out"
"Thoughts that go against the government may seem trivial, but monitoring them is an important task"
"I see Thae's election as being of great significance in establishing all North Korean defectors in South Korea"
"It breaks my heart when I think of how women in North Korea... don't receive even the most basic sex education"
"From October to April, Hyesanites struggle for survival"
"You are looked down on and subject to harsh treatment if you were born with a physical disability"
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