In all the world, the day-to-day existence of a North Korean commoner is unique. The totalitarian dictatorship leads the league in human rights abuses. Healthcare is a luxury, famine has killed millions, and the feisty, little man at the center of the government is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous people on the planet. Of course, for all the horror that the world believes is going on in North Korea, there’s still so little we know for sure thanks to a relentless stream of propaganda coming from the country that insists everything is just fine. Of course, anyone with half a brain knows that isn’t the case, but evidence of that fact is rare. Over the course of the last several decades, some intrepid photographers have risked life and limb to smuggle honest pictures of North Korean life. Here, for your consideration, are some of the best photos along with some facts about one of the most brutal regimes on planet Earth.
1. North Korea Is About the Size of Pennsylvania
And it’s capital city, Pyongyang, has about as many residents as Chicago.