GENEVA (CBS DC) – A former guard at a North Korean prison camp admitted that he witnessed dogs attacking school children and ripping them to pieces.
According to AFP, Ahn Myong-Chol explained that he worked for a prison camp guard for eight years until he fled the country in 1994. One day in particular at the camp still haunts Myong-Chol.
“There were three dogs and they killed five children,” the 45-year-old told AFP through a translator. “They killed three of the children right away. The two other children were barely breathing and the guards buried them alive.”
He added, that instead of putting down the dogs for murdering the children, the next day guards pet them and fed them special food “as some kind of award.”
“People in the camps are not treated as human beings… They are like flies that can be crushed,” he shared.
Myong-Chol is one of numerous defectors who provided testimony to a UN-mandated enquiry. Just last week, a 400-page indictment of gross human rights abuses in North Korea was issued.
The former guard worked for years at a bank in South Korea after he fled the country nearly two decades ago. However, he slowly got involved in work denouncing North Korea’s prison camp system.
He decided to quit his job at the bank three years ago to dedicate all of his time and focus to his non-governmental organization Free NK Gulag.
“It’s my life’s mission to spread awareness about what is happening in the camps,” he said.
North Korea has an estimated population of 24 million people, but roughy 80,000 to 120,000 people are political prisoners.