Monday, May 28, 2007

Gruesome murders of babies born to North Korean prisoners

Soon Ok Lee was once a senior cadre of the ruling Communist Party. One of her most terrible recollections is about the murder of babies born to North Korean prisoners: "In [a] medical room, I noticed six pregnant women awaiting delivery ... while I was there, three women delivered babies on the cement floor without blankets. It was horrible to watch the prison doctor kicking the pregnant women with his boots.”

"When a baby was born, the doctor shouted, 'Kill it quickly. The women covered their faces with their hands and wept ... The prisoner/nurses, with trembling hands, squeezed the babies' necks to kill them. The babies, when killed, were wrapped in a dirty cloth, put into a bucket and taken outside through a backdoor."

Soon added she witnessed such scenes twice while in prison. "In my nightmares, I still see the mothers weeping for their babies."

Soon, the daughter and wife of senior Communist functionaries, was released from prison after seven years. She could have returned to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, and led a quiet life there.

But she was determined to tell the world what she had seen. She fled to South Korea, risking recapture, torture and death, where she became a Christian.

[Excerpt of an article by Uwe Siemon-Netto, UPI religion editor]

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