The leader of North Korea has issued a secret order demanding that people stop killing themselves after an epidemic of suicides. If they do not stop killing themselves, they might risk execution by the government.
Recent reports say that suicides are up 40% compared to last year, which is most likely the result of lockdowns and the heightened misery index that North Korea is prone to. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, officially defined suicide as an “act of treason against socialism,” which is punishable by death. To put that more simply, those guilty of the crime of suicide could be charged with treason and executed.
“In the city of Hyesan, a 10-year-old boy was living with his grandmother after his parents died of starvation, but they took their own lives by eating rat poison,” one secret official has reported.
Another report was of a couple in their 60s who hung themselves from a tree in the mountains. A further report detailed a family of four who, after eating their final family meal together, ingested potassium cyanide; a highly toxic chemical often used in gold-mining.
People are starving and suicide seems to be the only escape.
“There are a lot of internal unrest factors in North Korea due to the hardships of people,” a spy agency reported, according to the report.
The socialist system in North Korea is not working. It clearly never has and, out of desperation, people are simply taking their lives. At a closed door meeting in Ryanggang province, North Korea, one official reported that suicide has increased because of “severe poverty and starvation.”
BTJ has been sending support into North Korea to help secret Christian families who are on the verge of starving to death. The North Korean border was supposed to officially open on June 15th, but so far it has not. Only a select few business officials are able to travel in and out. BTJ missionaries are standing by, ready to take more resources into the country.