Photo Gallery: Life as a North Korean Defector 10/17/2013
  After hearing the stories North Korean defectors tell once they are in Seoul,...
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After hearing the stories North Korean defectors tell once they are in Seoul, it is easy to understand why they risked everything to escape the regime. Officially, the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" provides its citizens with all of life's essentials. But, in reality, many could hardly survive without the black market or a garden in the mountains. Here, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses with officers and soldiers in May 2013.