Here’s some startling facts gleaned from Hunter Stewart’s article found on HuffPo that got me thinking: Where Am I and When?
The government of this foreign country set up a labor camp housing between 30,000 to 50,000 prisoners, most of whom were suspected of being disloyal to the regime or were related to people who had shown disloyalty.
After a currency devaluation a food shortage caused a "large number of prisoners" to perish – let’s call it what it was, they were starved to death.
The camp was forced to shut down with an estimated 7,000-8,000 surviving prisoners transferred to other labor camps. Trains holding inmates were seen departing the area at night, heading south.
That still leaves many thousands of prisoners unaccounted for. Their fates are unknown for the time being, as information from inside the so-called Hermit Kingdom often takes years to leak to the outside world, if it gets out at all.
So, where am I and when?
Hold on, here’s one more clue:
(This country’s) leaders have never publicly admitted that the prison labor camps exist, even though as many as 200,000 people are thought to languish inside them, subjected to long hours of coerced labor, malnutrition, beatings, rapes and executions.
Okay. You have enough clues. Time to answer where and when?
Now if your guess was Nazi Germany during the 1940’s, congratulations. You know your history. But you’re only partly right.
This particular set of details is happening right now – 2013 and not in Syria. In North Korea.
We look back now at the Holocaust in horror and rightfully so. It’s going on in North Korea as I write. Where did these thousands of missing people go?
I think we know, but are choosing not to. If we’re considering a “shot across the bow” in Syria, with approximately 1500 innocent people gassed, then what, under the same guidelines, should we be doing in North Korea?
"Never Again" was first used in the Swedish documentary about the Holocaust called "Mein Kampf," directed by Erwin Leiser and produced in 1961.
The narrator's final words, over a general shot of Auschwitz, are, "It must never happen again -- never again."
Are we turning our backs on those fateful words about that blackest of stains on history? Where's the UN on these atrocities? Where's the US and its Syria-like outrage? Where's your anger? We can't police the world. Syria is a civil war. North Korea is a despotic dictatorship. Please use your voice and speak up for those who can't.