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Abandoned and Alone: A North Korean Defector's Story

Sungju Lee is a graduate student in London today. During his childhood, his father was in North Korea’s military and they lived in Pyongyang when founder Kim Il Sung was alive. Lee doesn’t have many memories of the eldest Kim, but recalls, “He was God.” Lee thought of Kim Il Sung as being “above human beings.” In Pyongyang, Lee enjoyed a rather lush life: excellent Taekwondo classes, good schools, and plenty of food on the table. One day, “my father came to the house and then just told me...

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