It’s hard to think about North Korea without the association of nuclear weapons, but the concern here is often involved with those in danger outside of the country. However, people who have escaped from North Korea have their own stories to tell…that is, if they can live to tell them.
It’s no secret that the incredibly isolated country is built on a foundation of outrageous, state-generated mythology and governed by equally bizarre laws. However, the mystery shrouding living conditions in North Korea has long-prevented Westerners from understanding just exactly what goes on in daily life. Recently, there have been more and more reports of a "ghost disease," named for the high number of fatalities that are rapidly stacking up. Thought, but not proven, to be associated with radiation poisoning in North Korea, scientists are stumped as to how exactly the ghost disease works, why it's killing so quickly, and why now, of all times.
Working from the evidence they have, which is largely just the bodies of afflicted defectors, the world is trying to piece together the facts about the mysterious, North Korean ghost disease.
Deformed Babies And Corpses In The River: Welcome To Pungyye-RiPhoto: Google Maps
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The Ghost Disease Kills More than Just People
How The Hell Do You Even Flee A Dictatorship, Let Alone While Suffering From A Mysterious Disease?Photo: Wikimedia Commons