Christianity is the natural enemy of totalitarianism; witness how in the United States, the first reaction of authoritarian leftists to the COVID-19 pandemic was to try and shutter churches.
In North Korea, however, one can witness the extreme version. According to an escapee of the country who was imprisoned there, North Korean prisoners are forced to drink river water tainted with the ashes of their dead fellow inmates – all for the crime of watching a foreign soap opera.
Or being Christians.
The horrific reality of life within Kim Jong-un’s penal system was revealed by the former prisoner at Chongori concentration camp and reported by MailOnline. North Koreans can find themselves locked up there for “crimes” as innocuous as watching South Korean television or being of the Christian faith.
The former prisoner recalled: “Every Monday, we burned the corpses … there’s a place that looked like a house, and we piled the corpses in the round tank in it.” The facility was drenched in the smell of blood and decomposing or burning corpses.
“After burning the corpses, they stacked up ashes next to the cremation site. The ashes were used as a compost for farming. When it rained, the ashes flowed into the river, and the prisoners drank the river water and used it to shower.”
The escapee also described how, on rainy days, when the wood got wet, bodies would not burn well.
Chonguri has a high mortality rate due to “injury, illness, or physical and mental abuse by prison officials.”
The escapee, whose identity is being protected, described the conditions in a report published by the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK).