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15 Starving North Koreans Executed As Example

March 5, 2008

The South Korean group Good Friends, which works in the North, said the 15 were shot on a bridge in Juwongu district in the northeastern town of Onseong on February 20 as local residents watched.

Seoul – Fifteen North Koreans have been executed because they illegally crossed the border with China. The South Korean humanitarian organisation Good Friends says they did so in search of food. The group which consisted of 13 women and two men, was shot dead in a public execution on a bridge in the town of Onseong.

   The humanitarian organisation says the local population was extremely shocked by the incident. Border crossings by starving North Koreans are a daily occurrence. Many North Koreans have family or friends in China and visit them illegally.

Normally, anyone caught crossing the border is sent to prison. According to Good Friends, a North Korean official says the severe punishment is intended as an example to others.

The two men and 13 women were executed Feb. 20 by firing squad on a bridge in Onseong, a northeastern town on the border with China and Russia, the Good Friends private aid organization said in its regular newsletter.

This is a great way to set an example of fear. Ruling by fear is a disgusting human trait that can become contagious. Fear is a last resort for a governing body to use when their population disagrees with policy. Indeed, this is an example to the world that starving your people, then executing them for trying to survive is horrific. There are more headlines describing North Korea’s policy of executing their desperate people.

NKoreans found drifting at sea executed: report SEOUL (AFP) – There are fears 22 North Koreans may have been executed after they were returned home having been picked up in boats in waters belonging to South Korea, a news report said on Sunday. They were repatriated via an overland route the following day, the NIS added, although what happened to them afterwards … “They believe the 22 people were caught trying to defect to the South,” the source said, adding the National Intelligence Service (NIS) was trying to confirm the rumour they had been executed. The unusually large number of people on the boats and the fact there were more women than men has led to suspicions they were trying to escape to the South, the report said.

South Korea returned the 22 to North Korea where they were executed “as an example”.

When murder becomes the sport of tyrants and the world turns away, humanity looses its soul.


  1. March 13, 2008 7:44 pm

    For sure.

  2. March 10, 2008 9:01 pm

    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

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