While the entire world battles the coronavirus, North Korea has claimed that the country has zero cases of COVID-19. A couple of days ago, two short-range ballistic missiles were launched to refine its military capabilities, reports Business Standard.
According to Mail Online, a former prisoner who escaped from Kaechon concentration camp to Seoul, South Korea, and is using the pseudonym Kim Il-soon revealed that corpses of dead prisoners were buried in shallow or mass graves and used as fertilizer. The vegetables grown were used to feed camp guards and their families.
She was quoted telling The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK),
“The lands are very fertilized, and farming is successful there because the buried human bodies serve as natural fertilizers. Some guards said that they should bury the bodies evenly throughout the land so that it will fertilize the entire area. They buried people in the mountains. One time, a kid was peeing in the mountains and saw an arm sticking out because they forgot to cover it properly.”
NY Post earlier reported other escapees saying that dead bodies of political prisoners were burnt and the ashes used as fertilizer. Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of HRNK, was quoted saying,
“This is a regime that has preserved itself through perpetrating unimaginable acts of cruelty against the people of North Korea. As the world is struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, the Kim Jong-un regime continues to commit crimes against humanity, brutalizing and victimizing its own people.”
Many experts believe that the virus has, in fact, reached the country and UN’s special rapporteur on human rights, Tomas Ojea Quintana has put in a request with the leadership to give access to outside medical experts and humanitarian assistance to help fight the disease.