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- Stats for Korea
This is one of the most oppressive and autocratic tyrannies in the world. About 30,000 people escape into China every year, often helped by Christians.
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Human Development Index
Korean (99.8%); Chinese (0.2%).
Most centralized and isolated economy in the world, and heavily dependent on aid. Economy in decline due to high military expenditures and low agriculture and industry. World’s No.1 seller of missiles; Revenue from drugs, cigarettes, counterfeit money, gambling. Food shortages and malnutrition are forcing some limited economic reform. More than 3 million people have starved to death since 1994.
History / Politics
Japan occupied in 1910-1945; Soviets insisted that Korea be partitioned at end of WWII. Communist since 1948; One of most repressive regimes in the world. Invaded south in 1950 and had civil war until 1953; UN was involved, including U.S. army. Aid from the West often goes to the military and government instead of starving people. 300,000 North Koreans are refugees in China and in danger from agents of both nations. About 90% of these refugee women end up as slave wives or in the sex trade.
Cult around young “Supreme Leader” and his family; It is a religion of the worst kind. A Korean revival began in the church in North in 1907. Most Christians fled south during the Korean civil war or were martyred. The government holds as many as 100,000 Christians in labor camps. Christian radio reaches into North Korea, and Christians do serve in some projects there.
Pray for health and encouragement for the Christians who are in slave labor camps. Pray for a regime change, as the current one seems uninterested in any substantial reform. Pray that an underground house church can grow.