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North Korea Defector to Newsmax: We're Fed Propaganda From Birth

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 06:38 PM

A North Korea woman who escaped the brutal regime by sneaking over the border into China says her country is a propaganda machine that brainwashes kids from the moment they leave the womb.

"As a North Korean … from the moment you are born, you are fed propaganda," Hyeonseo Lee, a spokesperson for the North Korean Refugee Community, said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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Lee — author of the new book, "The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story," written with David John and published by William Collins — escaped to China in 1997.

"I was hunted by the Chinese authorities, policemen, many times and so I had to hide my identity. So constantly, I changed my name so I became the girl with the seven names," Lee said.

"Living in China as a defector is very difficult. We are not criminals, you know. The only sin was being born inside North Korea. That's why we suffered a lot."

She later settled in Seoul, South Korea, where she graduated from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and became a human rights activist.

Lee first became intrigued with life outside North Korea through watching television.

"I was living near the border so our television could pick up a few Chinese TV channels [that are] illegal to watch TV in North Korea," she said.

"It's fascinating that in North Korean TV, what I heard the most is the leader's name, every day, 100 times and all propaganda words — but in Chinese TV, products can be advertised to dye hair. It looked so free, more open than my country."

Fourteen years after escaping herself, Lee launched a daring mission to smuggle her mother and brother over the border into South Korea.

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