The private fishing boats in Chongjin


Park Chul-hyun, a North Korean fisherman who left Chongjin in June 2014, offers a glimpse of the current waters in Chongjin and the state of fisheries in North Korea.

Letters to North Korean soldiers: condolences, sympathies, cigarettes


One merit of being a soldier in North Korea is receiving letters of condolence from young students — but these letters are not necessarily popular for the emotions they are supposed to invoke.

Recorders against the regime


The petty tales of romance and drama carried by the “recorders” are opening up a new world for the people inside North Korea, little by little.

Interview: Shin Dong-hyuk, human rights advocate


“In South Korea, when I call myself a North Korean human rights advocate, many people label me as “a conservative” or “a reactionary idiot.” I say, pointing out human rights issues and fighting to improve them is not a “conservative” thing to do. It is not “conservative” to oppose the totalitarian regime and the imprisonment camps.”