North Korea Cracks Down on Christians

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Late last month, news that North Korean officials had sentenced a two-year-old to life in prison after his parents were caught with a Bible shocked the world. But this incident was only the latest example of the authoritarian country’s crackdown on Christians.

In total, there are an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Christians in North Korea, although exact numbers are difficult to ascertain. Several accounts from within the country suggest that the number of conversions has grown since 2010.

According to a new report from the U.S. State Department, up to 70,000 Christians are currently imprisoned for their faith under Kim Jong-Un.

Many Christians are held in “re-education camps,” where they endure torture and regular beatings. In addition to being forced to perform dangerous and back-breaking labor, many endure sleep deprivation, and others have simply been executed by firing squad.

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