Thousands of people slave away in labour camps, millions are undernourished and everyone lives a life under government scrutiny.
We hear from defector Jihyun Park, who lived it, along with Al Jazeera Diplomatic Editor James Bays.
Priyanka Tilve produced this episode with Morgan Waters, Jasmin Bauomy, Dina Kesbeh, Amy Walters, Alexandra Locke, Ney Alvarez and Imtiaz Tyab. Ian Coss was the sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the social media producer. Graelyn Brashear is the show’s lead producer.
Special thanks to Jihyun Park, James Bays, Ji Seong Ho, Thisanka Siripala, Musun Kim, Joel Lawrence and Matt East.