Rape and no periods in North Korea’s army

For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept on the bottom bunk bed, in a room she shared with more than two dozen women. Every woman was given a small set of drawers in which to store their uniforms. On top of those drawers each kept two framed photographs. One was of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung. The second was of his now deceased heir, Kim Jong-il.

It was more than a decade ago that she left, but she retains vivid memories of the smell of the concrete barracks.

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  • Maurice Miner

    Why the fuck don’t they just start manufacturing Kia Stingers? Jesus Christ, it’s a simple answer, and there aren’t enough Stingers to go around!

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course it’s the BBC so 80% of the article is about sanitary pads and 20% is about how maybe the defectors should not be believed because….capitalism

  • UCSPanther

    I can believe this due to the sheer plausibility. I have heard stories that in order to survive, North Korean conscripts have been resorting to burglary and other crimes in order to survive, and high-ranking commanders have been farming opium and engaging in other organized crime activities in order to help support their units.

    The North Korean government has been encouraging that rot because it frees them from having to support their men, but a leaked report grudgingly admitted that discipline and morale in the Nork Red Army is at an all-time low.