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Sat May 29, 2021, 11:39 AM

North Korea says children volunteering on mines and farms

BBC News
May 29, 2021 11:30 am est

North Korean state media has claimed that orphans are volunteering to work in state-run mines and farms.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said hundreds of children "with wisdom and courage in the prime of their youth" have chosen to perform manual labour for the state.

Their ages are unclear but photos suggest they are in their teens.

Human rights groups have long accused North Korea of using forced child labour, something the state denies. In February, the BBC reported on allegations that generations of South Korean prisoners of war are being used as slave labour in North Korean coal mines to generate money for the regime and its weapons programme.

More here. There is a worthwhile analysis following the article

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57293167

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bronxiteforever May 29 OP
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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 11:42 AM

1. These children are not "volunteering."

It is forced child labor.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #1)

Sat May 29, 2021, 11:45 AM

2. Yes. The analysis below the article

that I referred to in the OP is chilling.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #2)

Sat May 29, 2021, 11:50 AM

3. I won't even start talking about what happens to the attractive orphans.

I have first hand knowledge of the orphan situation in authoritarian regimes.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 12:29 PM

4. Forced starvation and child labor in mines is one thing

But man, can he write good love letters to a narcissist.

North Korea is an abomination and the human beings living there should be free.

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