This Prisoner In North Korea Escaped With Her Guard


Jeon had woken Kim up at midnight and taken her through the route he had planned. He had packed two backpacks the night before, containing food and spare clothes, plus a knife and poison. He wasn’t taking any chances.

Surviving capture wasn’t an option. A show trial in North Korea and execution would almost certainly be the punishment – particularly since the guard was absconding with a prisoner. “I knew I had only that night. If I didn’t make it that night I would be captured,” says Jeon Gwang-jin, 26.

Together they jumped from a window and dashed across the detention center’s exercise yard. Ahead of them lay a high fence that they would have to scale, and the fear that the guards’ dogs, which they could hear barking, would give them away.

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