[Prayer] May the reality of Km Jong Un be made known widely—“But for everyone else, it’s a reign of terror.”
The Washington Post – Life Under Kim Jong-un: Recent North Korean escapees relate how the secretive country has changed under the “Great Successor.” By Anna Fifield, Illustration by Domini Bugatto. Yoonjung Seo assisted in reporting.
“It’s like a religion. From birth, you learn about the Kim family, learn that they are gods, that you must be absolutely obedient to the Kim family. The elites are treated nicely, and because of that they make sure that the system stays stable. But for everyone else, it’s a reign of terror. The Kim family uses terror to keep people scared, and that makes it impossible to stage any kind of social gathering, let alone an uprising.” The doctor: From Hyesan, Age: 42 Escaped in 2014
“I watched lots of [smuggled] movies and soap operas on USB sticks from the Jangmadang (market). I would plug them into my TV. Vendors who are selling ordinary things like batteries or rice or whatever, they hide the USBs inside under the counter. When you go into the market you say to the vendors: Do you have anything delicious today? That’s the code. USBs are also good because they are so easy to hide, and you can just break them if you get caught." The phone connector Operator, Age 49, Defected in the year 2013.
" I lived through all three Kims, but our life was not getting any better for any of us. We all have to pay for Kim Jong Un’s projects, like Ryomyong Street [a residential development in Pyongyang]. We had to contribute 15,000 North Korean won per household [more than four months’ salary] to the government for that street..” The Fisherman, From: Ryongchon, Age: 45, Escaped from North Korea in July 2017.
On November 17, The Washington Post (WP Company LLC) [US] posted a blog of Recent North Korean escapee’s testimonies while “Life under Kim Jong Un” The testimony of the North Korean escapees clearly shows the falsity of the North Korean regime, and the infiltration of external information through the jangmadang (black market) shows the internal cracks in North Korea. Pray that the reality of Kim Jong Eun will be widely known to the international community and that the collapse of the regime will be accelerated. And the North Korean people, who have been trapped in a long tunnel of darkness for 72 years, will be free to enjoy the blessing of receiving God's Word and accepting Jesus.
Our heavenly Father God, we cry out to you echoing with King David in your Word Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” And we pray for the residents of North Korea as they have not been guaranteed the minimum rights they can enjoy as human beings during Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un era. May the Jangmadang (market) become more active and spread the cracks inside North Korea and the international society will push the North Korean authorities to the point that the regime of Kim Jong-un will collapse immediately. May a leader who fears God replace Kim Jong-un and may the North Koreans suffering under the dictatorship regime for 72 years be freed. Ultimately, may all the towns and cities of North Korea be filled with God's Word and let the North Koreans freely listen to the gospel of Jesus Christ and enjoy the blessing of receiving Jesus. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen!
More testimonies: The Washington Post – Life Under Kim Jong-un:
“My main business was selling ice. I think that 70 or 80 percent of the adults in Hoeryong city were using ice. My customers were just ordinary people. Police officers, security agents, party members, teachers, doctors. Ice made a really good gift for birthday parties or for high school graduation presents. It makes you feel good and helps you release stress, and it really helps relations between men and women. My 76-year-old mother was using it because she had low blood pressure, and it worked well. Lots of police officers and security agents would come to my house to smoke, and of course I didn’t charge them — they were my protection. They would come by during their lunch break, stop by my house. The head of the secret police in my area was almost living at my house.” The drug dealer, From: Hoeryong, Age: 46, Escaped in 2014
" We got gifts on Kim Jong Un’s birthday: candy and cookies and gum and puffed rice. I was so grateful to him for giving me all these sweets. We would stand up in class and say, ‘Thank you, General Kim Jong Un.’ ” The Elementary Schoolgirl, From: Ryongchon, Age: 7, Escaped in July 2017.
“We had ideological education for 90 minutes every day. There was revolutionary history, lessons about Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un. Of course, they taught us about why we needed nuclear weapons, and they would tell us that we needed to make sacrifices in our daily lives so they could build these weapons and protect our country, keep the nation safe. I was so sick and tired of hearing about all this revolutionary history, I was so sick of calling everyone ‘comrade.’ I didn’t care about any of that stuff.” The University student, From: Sariwon, Age 37, Escaped in 2013