Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world

Categories: Asia | Children

Childhood is a wonderful time and the most valuable time in any person's life. And it's not great at all when children work in the fields or blindly support dictators. But if you are one of five million children under the age of 14 born in North Korea, then, unfortunately, this is the reality.

Children in this country are taught to love history and all rulers — from the founder of the state Kim Il Sung to the real ruler Kim Jong Un. So, what's it like to grow up in the most closed country in the world?

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Source: Business Insider

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Children born and living outside the capital should work on farms.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Some sources claim that workers who do not obey are sent to camps as punishment.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world In less developed regions, the road to school may run through objects under construction and other dangerous territories. The few school buses are often converted from dump trucks.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world For orphans in North Korean orphanages, life is even harder. Even if children are adopted, there is a risk that parents will give them back if they cannot provide.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Families, where there is still a little money, can afford a little luxury - for example, traditional costumes.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world But money does not exempt families from political responsibilities either. Many idolize the leaders of the country and periodically travel with their children to historical monuments to pay tribute.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Schoolchildren and students are often forced to go to the monuments in groups to express their love to the leaders of the country.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world In June 2017, Kim Jong—un organized a performance "We are the happiest in the world" - in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Union of Children of Korea.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Indoctrination begins in kindergarten. Children learn anti-American slogans, cartoon figures of soldiers attack with toy machine guns and grenades.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world In honor of the International Children's Day, a military parade was held in the capital, where children were dressed as army soldiers.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Conditions in schools do not always meet sanitary standards. The kindergarten in the photo is located on the territory of a textile factory.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Children in families who do not live in poverty have a slightly better chance of enjoying childhood.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world For example, children of high-ranking parents study at the Mangyongde District School Palace. They are engaged in various sports, they are taught foreign languages, they are taught how to work on computers.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world The massive concrete building, run by the Korean Youth Corps, houses up to 5,400 children.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Pompous performances are also a tribute to the North Korean cult of personality. Themes of greatness and honor are ubiquitous.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world During the presentation for foreign journalists in May 2016, for example, many performances, including choral singing, dancing and acrobatic numbers, had a clear political connotation.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Compulsion and fear come already in adulthood. So the children's time is almost the only opportunity to live a little carelessly.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Of course, children are too young to understand when propaganda is being fed to them, or to realize how poor their living conditions are.

Childhood in North Korea: how children grow up in the most closed country in the world Nevertheless, childhood is also childhood in North Korea. And perhaps it is only at this age that North Koreans have something in common with people from other countries.

Keywords: Childhood | North korea | North Korea

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