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Interviews with Shin Dong-hyuk

Interviewed March 4, 2024

When I lived in the prison camp, I did not know anything about what was happening.

After my escape, and after my resettlement, and looking at North Korea, there are so many things, so many messages I want to tell them, especially the prison camp inmates.

However, I cannot take away their pain. I cannot take away their suffering, but the one thing I would tell them:

Even though you are living like animals, even though you are suffering horribly, always look for the light of hope that is always there.

If you look to that light and do not die, you will survive, and it will be that hope that gives you freedom.