Escape from Camp 14 (Part Two)

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We continue our conversation with Shin Dong-hyuk and hear why Shin came to the end of his endurance and decided to risk everything to escape. It very nearly did cost him everything and defeating the high voltage fence was just the beginning.

Blaine Harden details Shin's harrowing story in his book, Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West.



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Escape from Camp 14 (Part Two)

Shin Dong-hyuk was born a prison camp inmate and sentenced by default to an inhuman life of hunger, labour and unrelenting cruelty. But it's a punishment he would not accept. Shin is the only person born in Camp 14 -- to get out. While North Korea's labour camps may seem incomprehensibly cruel, in our previous half hour US journalist Blaine Harden explained these camps are vital to North Korea's longevity. He has detailed Shin's journey in his new book, Escape From Camp 14.

We continued our conversation with author and journalist Blaine Harden who was in Seattle and Shin Dong-hyuk who joined us from Seoul, South Korea.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kathleen Goldhar.

North Korean Community in Canada Promo

North Korean refugees often consider Canada - and particularly Toronto - a preferred destination. Tomorrow on the program we'll speak to Tae Sut Huh, a North Korean man trying to navigate Canadian life. Like everyone else, North Koreans want and demand freedom - but realize they don't always know what to do with it. We aired a clip of Tae Sut Huh and his translator, Chris Kim, director at the Korean Canadian Cultural Association.


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