Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
North Korea has sentenced a two-year-old to life in a prison camp after the toddler’s parents were found with a Bible.
The plight of the child, whose entire family was also jailed, was revealed in the new International Religious Freedom Report from the US State Department.
The publication also exposed multiple cases of North Koreans being killed for their Christianity, such as the execution by firing squad of a Christian woman and her grandchild in 2011.
In another case, a member of the ruling party was executed in front of an audience of 3,000 at Hyesan airfield after they were found in possession of a Bible.
Other believers faced pigeon torture, whereby they were suspended with their hands tied behind their backs, unable to sit or stand for days on end.
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‘It was the most painful of all tortures,’ one victim recalled. ‘It was so painful that I felt it was better to die.’
And some were tortured with sleep deprivation.
One Christian woman in solitary confinement was driven to suicide in 2020 after prison guards refused to let her sleep, the new publication said.
Other horrors endured by Christians include starvation, dehydration, tainted food, beatings, and forced adoption of agonizing positions for prolonged periods.
The report – which summarises the findings of various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights groups, and the UN – paints a disturbing picture of Christian life in North Korea.
It cites one estimate that up to 70,000 Christians are imprisoned for their faith under the Kim Jong-un regime, out of a possible population of 400,000.
Ostensibly, North Korea guarantees its people religious freedom in its constitution – and the regime highlights the churches it has built-in Pyongyang as proof.
But the publication said these churches operated only as ‘showpieces for foreigners’.
It cited the testimony of one defector, who said people could be arrested for lingering too long outside the churches and listening to music from within, or even consistently driving past them.