12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un closely monitors the media in his country, controlling much of what citizens know about the outside world, and vice versa.

While Kim Jong-un has fought to present his country to the world as a bulwark of military power, nuclear power and anti-Western sentiment, the reality of everyday life is bleak.

Most of the country lives in poverty, tens of thousands of people are held as political prisoners, and the government tightly controls most aspects of life.

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12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

1. Daily life in North Korea can be grim.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

2. North Korea - one of the most closed places in the world, in recent years has experienced an increasingly serious food shortage.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

3. Childhood in North Korea can be difficult. Many children in rural areas have to work on farms, and forced labor affects much of the country's economy.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

4. Malnutrition affects a shocking number of North Korean children - approximately 28% of children under 5 years of age are stunted.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

5. Poverty and hunger are most acute in rural North Korea. An estimated 41% of the population, or 10.5 million people, are considered undernourished.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

6. Xiaolu Chu, a Getty photographer who traveled to North Korea by train in 2015, said he noticed many people in villages asking for money.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

7. "There are almost no fat people in North Korea," Chu said. "Everyone looks very thin."

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

8. But even North Koreans in cities face poor living conditions.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

9. There is not much access to the Internet - people do it with a closed computer network system, accessible only in a few places, such as this library in Pyongyang.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

10. One of the most significant aspects of life in North Korea is its army. The country's leader, Kim Jong-un, enjoys displaying his military might, holding flashy parades and distributing propaganda photographs of huge armies of marching soldiers. But less often you can see pictures that show a different military life. North Korean soldiers are often malnourished or ill due to rigorous training and lack of food.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

11. Desertions are not uncommon, although the number of people who have done so has dropped by 21%.

12 photos of North Korea that Kim Jong-un would not like to show

12. North Korean soldiers are merciless when they see people fleeing to South Korea - these are the bullet holes when they tried to shoot a defector in November.

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