The Kim dynasty, which has ruled North Korea for three generations, are worshipped like gods, and any suggestion that there is a higher authority than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, is immediately crushed. Tens of thousands of Christians are incarcerated in labour camps. Thousands more keep their Christian faith a complete secret, even from their families. Imprisonment, torture, and death are the potential risks – not only to oneself, but to one’s family – of deciding to be a Christian in North Korea.

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Escaping North Korea

Escaping North Korea

A vast network of brokers help North Koreans escape Kim Jong-un’s regime through a well-oiled system. Some of their remarkable stories were revealed to The Washington Post during its recent visit to a Thai detention centre. The 11 interviewed were recovering from the last leg of their journey, which started […]

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North Korea: freed pastor Hyeon Soo Lim welcomed home with ‘joyful crying’

Hyeon Soo Lim addressing his congregation at the on

The large congregation of Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Canada was ecstatic on Sunday (13 August) in welcoming home their Senior Pastor, Hyeon Soo Lim, held for more than two years of a life sentence in a North Korean labour camp. The church was also crowded with media personnel […]

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Released Canadian Christian describes ‘harsh’ conditions inside N Korean labour camp

Released Canadian Christian describes ‘harsh’ conditions inside N Korean labour camp

Korean-Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim has spoken about his time in a North Korean labour camp, where he was detained for the last two and half years after being given a life sentence for charges including trying to overthrow the government. Lim, 62, appeared “slightly frail but in good spirits” when […]

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North Korea frees Canadian church leader ‘on sick bail’

North Korea frees Canadian church leader ‘on sick bail’

Hyeun-soo Lim, the Korean Canadian church leader sentenced to life in prison with hard labour, has been freed today (9 August) “on sick bail”, says a North Korean state news agency. Convicted in December 2015 by the country’s Supreme Court of numerous charges, including an attempt to overthrow the government, he had been detained […]

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Otto Warmbier’s father says ‘no excuse’ for North Korea to deny son medical care

Otto Warmbier’s father says ‘no excuse’ for North Korea to deny son medical care

The father of the 22-year-old American student released, in a coma, from North Korea this week says there’s “no excuse for a civilised nation to have kept his condition secret and to have denied him top-notch medical care”. Fred Warmbier said that he and his wife, Cindy, had gone for […]

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North Korean accused of ‘spying’ after visiting Christian relatives in China

North Korean accused of ‘spying’ after visiting Christian relatives in China

A North Korean man has been arrested on “spying” charges after meeting with Christian relatives in China, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports.Kim Seung-mo, 61, was arrested on 3 June after visiting family in China’s Jilin province, which runs along the North Korean border. “After he came back from China, he […]

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