North Korea is a country that is able to stay virtually hermetically sealed, even in the age of the internet, smart-phones and global communication. A cycle of starvation and deprivation have blighted it for many years, but still its people pay homage to the dynasty that rule it. A combination of the cult of personality, bellicose and persuasive rhetoric, a carefully controlled state media, military might and fear have enabled the Kim family to retain their grip on power since Kim Il-Sung first created the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948. How many times have seasoned observers speculated it will all soon implode, and yet it continues to go from one crisis to another?
I believe change will come, and when it does the leaders will finally be brought to account for the obvious and well documented abuses of the people. That day inexorably draws closer and that change will inevitably come from within. I am grateful to the following organisation for the information they provide, and the work they do to help the North Korean people. If you are moved by the plight of those living under the regime, please consider donating to this charity: