I spent ten years living as a prisoner inside of a North Korean political prison camp. My name is Kang Chol-hwan, AMA.
Hello Reddit, my name is Kang Chol-hwan. For ten years I was a prisoner at Yodok political prison camp in North Korea. My family and I were sent there after my grandfather was accused of treason by the Kim regime.
5 years ago, I did a Q&A on Reddit about the living conditions in North Korea. In 2020, I've decided to do the same.
Since escaping North Korea, I have become a journalist, author, and human rights activist. I am the founder of the North Korea Strategy Center, an NGO whose goal is to advocate for free media and press in North Korea. We target North Koreans directly by sending external media such as movies, documentaries, and dramas inside the country. To learn more about NKSC please visit our website and like our Facebook page.
I have also started 2 Youtube Channels- 강철환TV and Aquariums of PyongYang, in Korean and English respectively. My team and I use the channels to discuss about North Korean politics and we hope to expand our topics to our international audience.
Aquariums of Pyongyang (ENG): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfTvpicjmYufhhLolE7dIdQ
I will be answering questions with the help of my translator next week. So please leave your questions and give us some time to answer them :) We look forward to hearing from you.
EDIT #1: [From Translator] Thanks for your comments and questions. Keep them coming! Also, I would like apologize for constantly switching from 1st to 3rd person. All questions will be answered by Mr Kang unless stated otherwise.