Communist oppression by the rule of Kim Jong Un and his Workers` Party is a primary force behind persecution in North Korea. The family’s rule is absolute and no one is allowed to challenge or question it. The family has ruled North Korea for more than half a century.
"They have attempted to replace religion with a cultish dynastic ideology," said Alton. "But by outlawing religious freedom they have denied their society an engine for social and economic change."
According to Open Doors, North Korean police officials hunt down and vigorously prosecute North Koreans who convert to Protestant Christianity while in China, or those who attempt to bring Christian literature, primarily Bibles, back with them to North Korea. Anyone caught and repatriated to the country will have to answer questions such as: "Did you meet any Christians in China?" and "Have you visited a church in China?"
Thousands of other believers, who come from a family with a long Christian heritage, risk their lives too. Even meeting together can be extremely dangerous. "My father was allowed to receive visitors in our house", North Korean refugee Hee Young, who wished to use a pseudonym, told Open Doors.
"Every Sunday, I would play outside with the other children and my parents would have secret worship. One day I said ‘goodbye’ to my father and left for school. When I returned that afternoon, he did not open the door. The house was a complete mess, my mother and grandmother were in tears and my father’s office was empty. He was gone and I never saw him again. We knew the police would come back. So we burnt our Bibles. Eventually we were banished and forced to do hard labour in an isolated village."
After ten years, Hee Young managed to escape to China and finally arrived in South Korea.