70 years ago, opposing sides of the Cold War divided the Korean Peninsula, which led to the establishment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea.
North Korea is one of the most secretive and reclusive regimes in the world. There have been recurring famines and humanitarian crises, claiming the lives of millions of people. The U.S. State Department has designated North Korea as a Country of Particular Concern because of its “particularly severe violations of religious freedom,” including the arrest, torture and even execution of people of faith. For 12 consecutive years, Open Doors USA has named North Korea the most dangerous country for Christians.
Such was not always the case. The capital city, Pyongyang, was once known as the Jerusalem of the East for its religious fervor, and 2007 marked the centennial of what was known as the Pyongyang revival. We asked Jamie Kim, founder of Reah International, to shed some light on the situation inside of this enigmatic country.