Hacking off fingers in this world shows that Satan is still ruling this society.
Shin Dong-hyuk (born in 1982 as Shin In Geun) is a North Korean defector living in South Korea. He is the only known person to have escaped from a 'total-control zone' grade internment camp in North Korea. He has given testimony on his life in Kwan-li-so No. 14 Kaechon to human rights organizations to raise awareness of the situation in North Korean internment and concentration camps.
Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a prison-labor colony as child of two prisoners in 1982. He has described how, at the age of 14, he was tortured for four days after his mother tried to escape. He was completely stripped, his legs cuffed and hands tied, and suspended from the ceiling of his cell. His torturers then lit up a charcoal fire under his back and forced a hook into his skin so that he could not struggle. Shin still has a number of large scars from the flesh burned and from many other abuses. Later, on 29 November 1996, he was forced to watch the public execution of his mother and brother. At age 20, part of his middle finger was hacked off after he dropped a sewing machine in the textile factory where he worked
He was imprisoned for 22 years. During his work at a textile factory, befriended a 40 year old man named Park, who claimed to be from Pyongyang. Park told Shin stories of food he had eaten in Pyongyang and while studying in East Germany and the Soviet Union, such as chicken, pork and beef. He also talked of electronics such as televisions and mobile phones. Shin has described how he became excited and decided he was going to attempt to flee the camp. Shin and Park discussed escaping the camp extensively. One day, when the two were assigned work by the camp's electrified fence on a 1,200 feet (370 m) mountain ridge, Shin noted the long interval between the guard's patrols, so the two waited until the guards had left, and attempted to flee the camp; Park tried to fit through a hole in the fence, but was electrocuted. Shin managed to pass through the gap, fleeing the camp
He walked 18 miles trying to locate a stretch of the Tumen River where he could cross into China He broke into a shed where he stole a military uniform. He pretended to be a North Korean soldier, and bribed border guards along the way with food and cigarettes Eventually, he found the river and crawled the rest of the way into China. From China, he travelled to South Korea and later to Southern California in the United States, changing his name from Shin In Geun to Shin Dong-hyuk