International fears over North Korea have centered recently on its nuclear arms capabilities, but Christian observers say the issue masks what should be another global concern--the communist nation's treatment of its own citizens, especially Christians.
Not only are millions of North Korea's citizens starving, approximately 200,000 men, women and children accused of political crimes are languishing in prison in the far northeast region. Anyone caught criticizing President Kim Jong Il is arrested and subjected to hard labor, torture, starvation, biochemical experimentation or mass execution.
Dr. Norbert Vollertsen, a German physician, traveled into the secret places of North Korea taking video and still images of the starved and dying. "Kim Jong Il does not allow any god besides him," he told Charisma. "The Christians in North Korea are eliminated--executed. Christianity is their main enemy because they know about the power of Christianity."
Tim Peters, an American missionary and founder of Helping Hands Korea has lived in South Korea for 15 years. His ministry sends food into North Korea through proven smugglers who assist the most needy. Besides its normal monthly shipments, the ministry delivered 19 tons of baby food to a northeastern province.
[From an article by Hope Flinchbaugh, Charisma Magazine]