The Incomprehensible Horrors of North Korean Prison Camps

The UN is currently hosting a "Commission of Inquiry" about North Korea. The most impactful thing to come out of the commission's hearings will almost certainly be stories like the ones that were told to day by survivors of North Korean prison camps.

Today, North Korean defectors spoke to the commission about their experiences in the North's camps, where hundreds of thousands of citizens languish. Reuters details the testimony of Jee Heon-a, who spoke of eating salted frogs to survive. And this:

Speaking softly, she took a deep breath when describing in detail how a mother was forced to kill her own baby.

"It was the first time I had seen a newborn baby and I felt happy. But suddenly there were footsteps and a security guard came in and told the mother to turn the baby upside down into a bowl of water," she said.

"The mother begged the guard to spare her, but he kept beating her. So the mother, her hands shaking, put the baby face down in the water. The crying stopped and a bubble rose up as it died. A grandmother who had delivered the baby quietly took it out."

The full story is here.

[Photo: AP]