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Look Beyond the Olympic Facade. The Real Face of North Korea Is a Prison State.

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Look Beyond the Olympic Facade. The Real Face of North Korea Is a Prison State.

On 02.20.18 02:35 PM posted by Olivia Enos

Millions around the globe gathered*around their TVs beginning Feb. 8 to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are taking*place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a mountainous rural village, 110 miles east of Seoul.

As the world turned*its*gaze to the Korean Peninsula, it witnessed*North Korea and South Korea unified,*together*under one flag, during the opening ceremony.

The symbolic display of unity by the two Koreas*has*already generated feelings*of*peace and goodwill*on the peninsula. However,*the*ironic*reality is*that just 160*miles north of *Pyeongchang is Sariwon City Prison,*one of the 30 known political*prisons*in*North Korea.

In 2017, the crisis in North Korea was the most underreported humanitarian issue globally.*With an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 North Koreans imprisoned as political criminals, the*crisis in North Korea*demands the world’s attention.

Prisoners are subject to inhumane*living*conditions and are*subject daily to torture,*starvation,*rape, and execution.

The labeling of these*“political camps”*as such is woefully inaccurate. They are essentially death camps, where North Koreans*are*sent for violations such as being critical of the*Kim Jong Un*regime*or for practicing Christianity.

In his*State of the Union address on Jan. 30, President Donald Trump condemned North Korea’s*recent*threats of nuclear attack, but*he*also focused on the humanitarian atrocities of the regime as well.

Trump*cited North Korea’s depraved character as*a*threat to the U.S. and its allies, and*said that*he would not repeat the mistakes of previous administrations’ approaches*of complacency*toward North Korea.*The president ended his remarks on North Korea by revealing the regime’s greatest fear; namely, the truth.

It’s time for Congress*and the media*to follow the president’s lead.

With*recent satellite images detailing infrastructure upgrades*in*North Korea’s prison camps, the reality is that this*humanitarian crisis is not going away.*Passing legislation, such as S. 1118, the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017, which provides grants to distribute materials necessary for North Koreans to access*outside information, is a step*in the right direction.

The U.S. can also raise awareness by reporting on the*political camps of North Korea as a consistent and horrific reality.

The millions of people globally watching the Winter Olympics have witnessed*a unified Korea. But the games will end Feb. 25, and they must look*beyond*the guise of good will that they present*and realize the truth. North Korea is responsible for one of the most hideous humanitarian crimes to date.

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