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What do North Korean Children and Horses have in Common? – “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” – Barbara Demick

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments · History, North Korea, Totalitarianism

The Children were never to forget that they owed everything to the national leadership. Like other North Korean children, they didn’t celebrate their own birthdays, but those of Kim Il-sun on April 15 and Kim Jong-il on February 16. These days were national holidays and they were often the only days people would get meat in their ration packages. Later, after the energy crisis began, these were the only days there was electricity. A few days before each birthday, the Workers’ Party would distribute to every child more than two pounds of sweets. It was a truly impressive gift for kids, all kinds of cookies, jellies, chocolates, and chewing gums.

Just like the horses’ Birthday!

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