The 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14

The 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14

I’ve previously mentioned Blaine Harden’s article,  Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death on the the account of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only child born into a North Korean gulag to escape.  Harden has now released a book on Shin’s amazing story called Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom inthe West.  In it Shin recounts the 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14.

Those drawn to socialism and communism should take the time to learn what happens when you take collectivism to it’s natural conclusion and human beings cease being valued as individuals and only have value relating to their utility to the collective.

The 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14

  1. Escape From Camp 14Escape
    • Anyone who tries to escape will be shot immediately.
    • Anyone who witnesses an escape or doesn’t report it will be shot immediately.
  2. Gatherings
    • Anyone who enters another zone without permission from the responsible national security officer will be shot immediately.
    • Gatherings outside of work are forbidden, unless expressly permitted.
    • During the night not more than 3 persons are allowed to move together.
    • Outside of work not more then 3 persons are allowed to meet and talk.
  3. Theft
    • Anyone who possesses or steals a weapon will be shot immediately.
    • Anyone who steals or hides any kind of food in the work camp will be shot immediately.
    • Those who willingly destroys machinery or tools will be shot immediately.
  4. Obedience
    • Anyone who disobeys an order will be shot immediately.
    • Anyone who assaults or rebels against a member of national security will be shot immediately.
    • Nobody is allowed to contradict a member of national security.
    • Everybody has to greet a member of national security.
  5. Outsiders
    • Whoever hides or protects an outsider will be shot immediately.
    • Possessing or hiding any kind of object from outside is forbidden and the person will be shot.
  6. Control
    • Prisoners must retain order, be attentive and keep watchful tabs on each other and report anything suspicious to the guards.
    • Everybody has to be present at ideological assembly.
    • Everyone must criticize themselves in front of the ideological assembly.
  7. Work
    • Anyone who neglects or fails to carry out the work allocated will be shot immediately.
    • The accomplishment of your assigned duties is the only way to pay your debt and show gratitude for the laws which show you mercy.
    • Your are not allowed to change any given orders
  8. Husband and Wife
    • Anyone who has unauthorized contact with a man or a woman will be shot immediately.
    • Men and women may not talk to each other outside of work without express permission.
    • Without reason men and women are not allowed to hold hands or share the same bed.
    • Without permission nobody is allowed to enter rooms of men or women.
  9. Guilt
    • Anyone who doesn’t admit or confess to his wrongdoings, or forms his own opinion of his guilt will be shot immediately.
    • You are obliged to reflect your guilt and try hard to become a better member of society.
    • Only those who accept their guilt and repent have a chance at a new beginning.
  10. Rules
    • Anyone who disregards the camp rules and regulations will be shot immediately.
    • All camp inmates must make up for their past mistakes by accepting the national security officials as their teachers and by strictly abiding by the ten rules and regulations.  Honest work and rules will contribute to this.
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