Sunday, December 02, 2012

Anderson Cooper Interviews Shin Dong-hyuk

Anderson interviewed and tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk who escaped from Camp 14 - a prison camp in North Korea ~

From Overtime web extras ~

Becoming human: Shin's new life

"Shin Dong-hyuk isn't just somebody who was sent to a concentration camp," says Anderson Cooper. "This is somebody who was born into a concentration camp. And for the majority of his life up until he was probably 22 or 23, had no idea that there was another kind of way to exist."

This week on 60 Minutes, Shin told Anderson the stunning story of how he escaped from Camp 14, a brutal political prison believed to exist in North Korea.

Since his escape, Shin has attempted to create some semblance of a life, with the help of friends in South Korea and an adoptive family in Columbus, Ohio.

"When I was in the camp I don't remember crying so much. Even when my mother and my brother were executed, I didn't shed too many tears," Shin told Anderson. "But now, for example, when I see videos of the Holocaust it moves me to tears. I think I am still evolving-- from an animal to a human."

Raw clips from Anderson's interview with Shin

Shin Dong-hyuk recalls an early childhood memory in which a 7-year-old girl is beaten to death by a Camp 14 prison guard for hiding food.

Asking permission to eat a rat

At Camp 14, prison life was a monotonous routine of hunger and hard work. Prisoners were so hungry, Shin Dong-hyuk says, they ate rats and picked through manure for kernels of corn.

The choice: Take a beating or miss a meal

Shin Dong-hyuk explains to Anderson Cooper that at Camp 14 - a secret prison in North Korea -- the most effective punishment was hunger. Prisoners were fed a thin gruel of cornmeal and cabbage day-in and day-out.

Shin Dong-hyuk's favorite food today

After escaping Camp 14, Shin Dong-hyuk has made a home for himself in Seoul, South Korea, and travels frequently to the U.S. He still equates freedom to being able to eat what you want and, now and then, will treat himself to a burger at a California fast food chain.

A girl is beaten to death for hiding food

Shin Dong-hyuk recalls an early childhood memory in which a 7-year-old girl is beaten to death by a Camp 14 prison guard for hiding food.

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Anonymous said...

The 60 Minutes Overtime is very interesting and it's a shame that the viewer was never introduced to the subjects adopted parents.
So much of his story seems to have been edited.
His entire assimalation it would seem, rests in the hands of those who adopted him and yet we never meet them.
Shame on 60 Minutes for leaving this much of the story out and giving us an incomplete picture of this young man's mental torture.
Food to him became so much of an obsession.
It's no wonder he joined them for Thanksgiving dinner.

aries moon said...

Camp 14 sounded nightmarish--hard to believe anyone could survive being there, let alone escaping it and its after-effects. Shin Dong-hyuk is lucky to have gotten out, but it's very sad to think of the people who can't.

Anonymous said...

Beppo: The war was won in the fifties by the general. It was our president who ordered the diision of Korea! Remember?