People "left wandering" and "without clear residence" could be sent to the country’s notorious labour camps, a source has revealed. Speaking from
People “left wandering” and “without clear residence” could be sent to the country’s notorious labour camps, a source has revealed. Speaking from North Hamgyong in North Korea, they said there was an increase in the number of people who have sold their homes due to financial difficulties and been left homeless. People could also be rounded up and targeted if they are living in the homes of relatives located outside of their registered places of residence, the source told Daily Work Korea.
Another potential target are women who have returned to live with their families in their hometowns after divorcing their husbands.
The country has been cracking down on elderly homeless people, with the view of sending them to a nursing home or returning them to their families.
The poor economy is seem as one of the main reasons for the increase in homelessness in North Korea, with families struggling to support themselves.
The source said: “As part of efforts to carry out the government’s order, the Ministry of Social Security is conducting an investigation through local inminban to [identify problematic people] while making full-fledged efforts to round up homeless people and others who are ‘wandering’ near cities.”
The authorities have been ordered to ignore any personal circumstance and deal with all people, in a bid to maintain social order.
Anyone who does not comply with the government regulations will be sent to forced labour camps.
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People wandering in the interior of the country, including the provinces of Kangwon, South Hamgyong and North Hamgyong, could also be placed in the labour camps.
The labour camps reportedly force their prisoners to work 16 hours a day with little food and brutal punishments. .
This comes as rumours have been circling today that Kim Jong-un is very ill or even dead.
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Chang Song-min said that Mr Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, has been given powers to rule serves as proof.
Mr Chang told South Korean media: “I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended.
“A complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo-jong is being brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a prolonged period.”