A man risked his life by escaping from one of the world’s most brutal and poverty-stricken regime. What was his reason for escaping besides freedom and human rights? For Girls’ Generation.
Twenty-five year old Kim SeongCheol (Alias) had quite a story to tell behind his motivation to escape from the world’s most horrifying nation. Famine, starvation, rape, and propaganda brainwashing are just a few of the many things that come to mind when we think of North Korea. Escaping from the police-controlled regime means you either live or die trying.
His story goes something like this. He was watching TV one day and saw K-Pop idol beauties, Girls’ Generation (SNSD) for the very first time. His curiosity then sparked into something bigger. He wanted to see if the world outside was really what it was like on TV. He wanted to see if all South Korea women looked like K-Pop idols.
“That’s when I saw Girls’ Generation for the first time.“
One night, a friend of his bought drinks for him. He soon became heavily intoxicated and decided to go back home. Luckily for him, it was a long way back home and he passed by the DMZ line. As he was passing by, a seemingly not-so-bright idea occurred to him. He decided to try and visit the outside world. Being under the influence of alcohol, he had nothing to fear.
What’s very astonishing about his escape is that he went through part of the land that was infested with landmines and made it out without a scratch. Although it wasn’t the smartest thing someone could do, it turned out to be probably the best thing that has ever happened to him.
He later then said in the interview, “After escaping from North Korea, I realized one thing. Not all South Korean women look like Girls’ Generation’.
“Things we see on TV are really just advertisements, very different from reality.”