Arab Today, arab today camp 14 gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue
Last Updated : GMT 01:44:06
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

'Camp 14' gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today 'Camp 14' gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue

Shin Dong-Hyuk
Seoul - AFP

A North Korean gulag survivor whose torture and daring escape was detailed in a best-selling book has admitted that parts of his story are untrue, and said on Sunday he may end his campaign against human rights abuses.
Shin Dong-Hyuk, believed to be the only person born in a North Korean prison camp ever to have escaped, apologised on his Facebook page Sunday, saying he had "forever wanted to conceal and hide part of my past".
Shin was born and spent the first 23 years of his life in a prison camp where, he recounted in the harrowing "Escape from Camp 14", he was tortured and subjected to forced labour before escaping in 2005.
Ever since Shin, now 32, has campaigned prominently to highlight rights abuses in the isolated North, testifying before a UN commission last year.
But Shin recently changed some of the details in his story, Blaine Harden, the book's author, said on his website.
"On Friday Jan. 16, I learned that Shin... had told friends an account of his life that differed substantially from my book," said Harden.
"I contacted Shin, pressing him to detail the changes and explain why he had misled me," Harden said.
Shin told Harden that that some of the ordeals had been "too painful" for him to revisit and he had "altered some details" that he had thought would not matter, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
Shin said he was "very sorry" in his Facebook posting.
"I... forever wanted to conceal and hide part of my past. We tell ourselves that it's okay to not reveal every little detail, and that it might not matter if certain parts aren't clarified," he said.
"To those who have supported me, trusted me and believed in me all this time, I am so very grateful and at the same time so very sorry to each and every single one of you," he said.
Shin did not elaborate in the post on which part of his past had been fabricated.
In Harden's book, Shin says he was brutally burned and tortured when aged 13, after a failed attempt to escape the camp.
But, according to the Washington Post report, Shin now admits the event took place when he was 20.
Shin also said in the book he saw his mother and brother executed after he betrayed them, telling authorities in Camp 14 of their plan to escape in hopes of getting food as reward.
But the report said Shin told Harden the executions actually took place when he and his family were in a different camp.
- 'His nightmare still stands' -
Lee Young-Hwan, a Seoul-based rights expert, described the changes as "minor innaccuracies" and said many refugees who suffered abuse show "selective memory" due to mental trauma or an instinct for self-preservation that takes root during their years of ordeal.
"The trauma sometimes lead them to say only things that can work in their favour, or have jumbled memories about the most painful experiences," said Lee, advisor to Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.
"There may be minor inaccuracies in Shin's story, but his whole life and the nightmare he went through should still stand as evidence of history," Lee told AFP.
On Facebook, Shin said he "may not be able to continue" his years-long campaign against the North's regime, but urged his supporters to fight on.
"The world still needs to know of the horrendous and unspeakable horrors that are taking place," he said.
"These will be my final words and this will likely be my final post," he added, concluding: "Thank You".
Shin has been one of the most well-known campaigners against rights abuses committed in the North, where the Kim family rules its impoverished populace with an iron fist and pervasive personality cult.
The North has sought to discredit Shin as a fabulist and criminal, and aired last October a TV interview with his father who called Shin a "liar" and denied the family was even in a labour camp.
Shin argued his father must have been coerced into denouncing him, saying he felt "suicidal" with guilt over the punishment his remaining family may have faced after his escape.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today camp 14 gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue Arab Today, arab today camp 14 gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today camp 14 gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue Arab Today, arab today camp 14 gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Arab tradition glitters in Colombia

GMT 12:59 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Arab tradition glitters in Colombia
Arab Today, arab today Second US judge orders freeze

GMT 08:04 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Second US judge orders freeze
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Silent Republicans have their reasons

GMT 16:55 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Silent Republicans have their reasons
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Sidem reveals plan to improve education

GMT 15:52 2017 Friday ,06 October

Sidem reveals plan to improve education
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Massacre fears spark race

GMT 19:09 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Massacre fears spark race
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars

GMT 06:56 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars
Arab Today, arab today Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs

GMT 10:53 2017 Sunday ,15 October

Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs
Arab Today, arab today Hussein Fahmy happy for honoring in festival

GMT 07:47 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Hussein Fahmy happy for honoring in festival
Arab Today, arab today Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 09:31 2017 Monday ,16 October

Dalal Abdel Aziz happy for “Seventh Neighbor”

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 18:29 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Designer produced new set of ornaments

GMT 05:11 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Three killed, 360,000 without power

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 23:42 2017 Monday ,16 October

Better Marriages Make

GMT 06:52 2017 Monday ,16 October

Airbus CEO says won't cling to job

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 20:46 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

GMT 19:29 2017 Tuesday ,29 August

Yomna: decoration leaved positive effects
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday