Inside the North Korean elite

A defector who used to work in the propaganda department tells it how it was.

After we met, Kim Jong-il asked his aides to take care of me and afterwards I received special treatment – the kind of benefits unavailable to normal citizens. Once you have met him in person, you can’t even be prosecuted in court without a special signing off.

For privileged, higher class, citizens there are three types of rations – a daily ration, a three day ration and a weekly ration. The state calculates everything a person needs in daily life, the amount of vitamins, calories, the kind of food you need to eat and so on. The daily ration is the highest, I received a weekly ration which was still very lavish.

The state calculates exactly what you need???


And, yes. Everyone is equal but some are more equal than others. Go socialism!


Read on.

Radio interview here.

  1. Hi,
    That is a really good article, but so very, very sad. It really makes you want to do something to try and help these people.
    I also read about the women that was selling her daughter, it was just to the right of the main article. Of course a lot of these people don’t even know what life is like outside North Korea.

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