North Korea ranks number 1 on the Open Doors World Watch List 2016 as the hardest place to be a Christian. Though we know our God can do anything, it is nearly impossible to be a Christian in North Korea. The church is almost entirely underground and believers fear even sharing their faith with their family.
These photos give just a little insight into daily life in North Korea.
The DMZ or ‘Demilitarised Zone’ between North and South Korea, is one of the most heavily militarised borders in the world.
Students at morning exercise.
Women replacing wooden railway sleeps with concrete sleepers, digging with their bare hands.
Children waving on the sidewalk.
Children rowing in the river. Most, if not all, of these children did not know how to row.
Men playing cards in the street.
Children waving at the camera.
Little girl smiling at the camera.
Woman bringing drinks in traditional clothing.
Mother and child smiling.
Women washing clothes in the river.
Students gather at Mansu Hill Grand Monument for deceased leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.
Wide, empty highways are a common sight in North Korea
Sunset in the capital, Pyongyang.
Children playing in an orphanage.
Uniformed woman patrolling a factory.
People gathering at the side of the river.
Train Station in Pyongyang.
Inside the underground Train Station in Pyongyang
Dance performance in North Korea.
The Arirang mass games is one of the major propaganda pieces and tourist attractions in North Korea. Over 100,000 people perform choreographed gymnastics in the largest stadium in the world, May Day Stadium.
- For the estimated 50,000-70,000 Christians imprisoned in labour camps; ask God to sustain them.
- For the many North Koreans who don’t have enough food to survive and are forced to flee.
- That Christians may stand strong in their faith under extreme pressure.
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