Apartment buildings in a southern suburb of Sinŭiju

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Comments (11)

Brendan4816 on January 31, 2009

These photos are fascinating. Where are you from and how did you manage to see so much of North Korea?

Eckart Dege on February 1, 2009

Hi Brendan4816, Thanks for your comments. I'm from Germany and have visited North Korea 9 times (between 1988 and 2008), mostly organizing geographical field trips. In order to get into North Korea contact the Korea International Travel Co. (or their representative in Germany) and arrange for a tourist trip (they take care of your visa - US and South Korean citizens excluded). But expect a hefty price (it gets cheaper if you organize a group of at least 10 persons). The best time for travel is September (in combination with the Arirang Fetival). Greetings from Germany, Eckart.

UV3 on November 18, 2009


jerrynos on July 29, 2010

North Korea is sealed off from the rest of the world, and virtually all of those who claim any contact with its prison system are defectors who have fled to South Korea, and who are beholden to North Korea's sworn enemies in the South Korean Government. Thus it is impossible to know if the defectors are describing what they really endured, or what South Korean intelligence officials told them to recount.

Experts agree on two points: first, that North Korea's treatment of dissidents and common criminals is probably among the worst in the world, and second, that information about those conditions from South Korea has credibility problems.

jerrynos on July 30, 2010

In the far north of North Korea, in remote locations not far from the borders with China and Russia, a gulag not unlike the worst labor camps built by Mao and Stalin in the last century holds some 200,000 men, women and children accused of political crimes. A month-long investigation by NBC News, including interviews with former prisoners, guards and U.S. and South Korean officials, revealed the horrifying conditions these people must endure — conditions that shock even those North Koreans accustomed to the near-famine conditions of Kim Jong Il’s realm.

“It's one of the worst, if not the worst situation — human rights abuse situation — in the world today,” said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who held hearings on the camps last year. “There are very few places that could compete with the level of depravity, the harshness of this regime in North Korea toward its own people.”

Satellite photos provided by DigitalGlobe, which first appeared in the Far Eastern Economic Review, confirm the existence of the camps, and interviews with those who have been there and with U.S. officials who study the North suggest Brownback’s assessment may be conservative.

Among NBC News’ findings:

At one camp, Camp 22 in Haengyong, some 50,000 prisoners toil each day in conditions that U.S. officials and former inmates say results in the death of 20 percent to 25 percent of the prison population every year.

Products made by prison laborers may wind up on U.S. store shelves, having been “washed” first through Chinese companies that serve as intermediaries.

Entire families, including grandchildren, are incarcerated for even the most bland political statements.

jerrynos on July 30, 2010

Brendan4816 and Eckart Dege are fake accounts created by then dictatorship only for propaganda reasons.

Eckart Dege on July 30, 2010

Hi jerrynos, How do you know that I am a fake? Did we ever meet? I have been known by this name for 68 years (in contrast to you I am using my real name). If you want to know more about me, you can google my name and read my CV. Eckart Dege

pjolicoe on September 25, 2010

Mr. Dege -- thank you for posting these photos. I a US citizen and visited the DPRK back in September 2008 during the Arirang Mass Games. As an American, we're a bit more restricted in our travels, so it's interesting to see your photos of the smaller cities.

оlivier ьrouшers on June 22, 2011

very interesting picture, if you zoom it there's a lot to see. Thanks for sharing. OB

Jürgen Weighardt PAN… on May 7, 2012

Also for me it is interesting to see photos, documentaries etc. from North Korea. It is a pity that Panoramio has put Sinuiju into China instead of the latter. ++++ Greeting from Wiesbaden, Germany

Ang16 on March 30, 2013

...No matter what propaganda that North Korea puts out...the people of the world know what this government is doing to its own people...it is cruel and sad to treat your own people with such disregard and abuse.

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  • Uploaded on November 19, 2008
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    by Eckart Dege
    • Camera: LEICA DIGILUX 2
    • Taken on 2008/09/22 15:11:30
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