Written by Blaine Harden.
Twenty six years ago, Shin Dong Hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Camp 14 is a 'complete control district' where the only sentence is life.
Prisoners work 15 hour days mining coal, building dams, sewing military uniforms. Beatings and executions are common and they are always hungry. No one born in one of these camps has ever escaped. until Shin. This is his story.
Read by Kerry Shale
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.
The story of Shin Dong Hyuk, who was born in a North Korean gulag and escaped to the West.