Escape From Camp 14

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0120120326

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.

0220120327

Written by Blaine Harden.

From his birth in Camp 14 Shin has been taught by the guards to inform on everyone from his parents to his classmates. Then his mother and brother are caught planning an escape and Shin is taken to an underground prison within a prison, for questioning.

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

Shin's mother and brother have been planning an escape, so Shin is taken for questioning.

0320120328

Written by Blaine Harden.

Shin has joined the ranks of prisoners working 15 hour days in the garment factory in Camp 14. When he is put in charge of a new prisoner, they get talking about life in the world outside Camp 14's high voltage fence. His imagination fired, Shin dreams of escape.

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

Shin hears about life outside the prison wire and dreams of escape.

0420120329

Written by Blaine Harden.

Shin has escaped from Camp 14 but having been born inside the high voltage wire, once he is out he is completely alone, with no idea what to do, and with no one to turn to. Somehow he must navigate his way to the Chinese border but he has no idea where it is.

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

Shin has escaped Camp 14, but he is alone outside the wire for the first time in his life.

05 LAST20120330

Written by Blaine Harden.

Having escaped across the border into China, Shin looks for a job. After a lucky encounter in a Korean restaurant he finds himself on his way to South Korea and a life of freedom. But once there he has to acclimatise to a totally new way of life, first in Seoul and then in California, and he is haunted by his memories of life in Camp 14.

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

After months in China, Shin has a lucky encounter and makes his way to South Korea.