How Would You Escape North Korea? (The 7 Choices)

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If you were living in North Korea right now - trying to survive on a diet of rats, grass, soil and tree bark, quenching your thirst by drinking out of mud puddles in the ground - what would you do?

There's also the conceivable chance of being sent to a political prison camp for years on end just because you innocently thought out loud one day to a bunch of friends (North Korean propaganda is strong), where you are then beaten, tortured, and left so hungry that you are forced to dig and consume the grains out of faeces, or the maggots from dead bodies just so you have the energy to perhaps last one more day.

You'd probably wanna escape. But how?

The North Korean government in Pyongyang refuses to let its citizens leave, a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, viewing North Korean defectors as traitorous criminals. Captured North Koreans would be subject to unimaginable torture and often public executions.

If they are successful in their escape, then three to four generations of their family back home would be sent to North Korean prison camps to rot ....or worse. This is a strong deterrent.

But this still doesn't stop desperate North Koreans from tempting fate. In this video, I'll go over the seven ways to escape the DPRK, including the most dangerous, the most unforgiving, the most unique, and the most unexpected.

The North Korean border on the south side (ie. South Korean border / Korean DMZ) is the shortest distance to travel for safety and stability but as a result, the regime makes it dangerously hard. A North Korean escapee can be shot down by North Korean soldiers (border guards) or step on the many landmines in the area.

The northern border to China has it's own set of challenges. Most North Korean refugees escape through this way, usually crossing the Tumen River border (like the famous North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee). Once in China, the nightmare doesn't end there.

There are also other, more unconventional ways you can try to escape such as through North Korean labor camps.

Even if you make it to safety and resettle in a stable country, the North Korean regime will still try to hunt you down, so you're never truly safe. Especially if you're an outspoken critic or a threat to Kim Jong-un's power - just ask his half brother, Kim Jong-nam.


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CLARIFICATIONS / EXTRA INFO: - With regards to the point of 'taking down the regime' as mentioned at the end of the video, a common approach is to disseminate as much information about South Korea and the rest of the world to everyday North Koreans so they can create their own 'Korean Spring' uprising and revolution. Change must start internally. - I didn't get into why China & North Korea are allies. Here's a video explaining it: - The fear of being caught in China is so great, that some arm themselves with crushed chilli peppers to throw at guards who may try to stop them. If detained, they may pull out a small knife; not to harm others, but themselves. Sadly, a clean slit to the wrist/throat, or a fatal stab to the stomach often beats getting sent back to North Korea. - There are Chinese people in China who feel sympathetic to the NK defectors' plight and end up helping them, risking imprisonment themselves. I hear even some Chinese police officers do this. - There are many Christian organizations and pastors who help NK defectors. Raising money so they can afford escape brokers and extra costs for the perilous journey ahead. - Russia and North Korea share a border along the tail end of the Tumen River, but defectors rarely cross at this point as it is only 17km long - it's a small stretch of land easily patrolled by border guards. - Numerous North Koreans have still made it to Russia, but this was more so in the past and almost always through China, during times when border security was loose. - Russia and North Korea are also long-time allies, so even if defectors were to make it to Russia, the likelihood of being deported is high. - To those bothered by the mention of North Korea outsourcing its labor force to several countries around the world including Poland, as well as others plotted on the map at 10:48, it's public knowledge & not too hard to look up yourself. People who are particularly sensitive with the Poland inclusion seem to think I'm connecting it to german labor/concentration camps of the past. It's got nothing to do with that. However, it's been noted that North Koreans have been employed by 32 companies in Poland under impoverished conditions. Here are 2 such sources: - 'Non-elite' North Koreans also may end up bribing border guards and paying escape brokers. It's just not as common. The elite don't have to worry about saving up for it however. - NOTE: Damn, this video got demonetized, just like many of my war-related or humanitarian catastrophe videos in the past. It really discourages content creators from doing videos on anything controversial, even the ones that help spread awareness. Maybe I should start a Patreon? Hmm.. - EDIT: We're finally on PATREON! If you like the 'Asiany' videos we do & want to support us, you can now be our patron. Check it out @ *If you feel I have said something inaccurate in the video, CONSTRUCTIVE feedback is always welcome. And if you disagree with someone in the comments section, there's no need to be aggressive or belittling. Let's keep it civilized. Our merch:
𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕞𝕚𝕜𝕤𝕙 5 gün önce
I am not reading that
MrDinosaur1203 11 gün önce
That is like a GIANT speech probably a university sized speech
Pqtatq Cat
Pqtatq Cat Aylar önce
Lob my
Invader The Fashcag
Invader The Fashcag Aylar önce
Still the greatest kento video yet. Unlikely to be surpassed.
Sulaiman Kabir
Sulaiman Kabir Aylar önce
Evan Awesome
Evan Awesome 12 saatler önce
Tell them that you’ll come back
SomebodyKuroki 13 saatler önce
not true fake propaganda -100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 social credit 😠👎
Tanoggn Gün önce
14:00 die geilsten technik angebote
Roberto caires
Roberto caires Gün önce
Get some cash find a tailor. Show them a picture of a North Korean guard uniform Tell the tailor to do a replica Now you free to go
AHTTUN · 200 years ago
AHTTUN · 200 years ago Gün önce
As a thai person I naver know about it!! That We help a lot of northkorea defender good job thailand!
XHSD Gün önce
It pisses me off so much that China sends defectors back to North Korea
Inkaychu Gün önce
North Korea SICKENS me right down to the core i HATE that place
simonboi20 Gün önce
What if Kim jong uns sister leaves and the regime took Kim jong un as a hostage
Mạnh Lê
Mạnh Lê Gün önce
This whole f*cking channel is literally talking about how bad is NK and shittalk about that. First thing is - 100% NOT TRUE. No one has to eat ****, grass and groots to live, that way more f*cking worse than Africa lol - It's true in some parts, but it's exaggerated a lot. Both due to, "embargo" or banned, so no one knows exactly what's going on there except TRshowrs who posts video. Just 30% of them posting real truth with objective perspective - If everything in this shit video is correct, then why nothing is talking about China? Same shit, same ways, but, people just went there so much and, USA can't do anything lmaoo - Last thing, this looks hella legit af. I don't have any words if you do believe these things are true 100%. 1 is, you must be a kid, but a very dumb kid because I'm 16 and I already understand every single things about those types of drama which was built quite well by shit government from some countries... 2 is you're adult, and you sit in your f*cking mama's house, eat Mcdonald max topping everyday without worrying about how much money it takes, and use TikTok hahahahahhahahahaha Note: I don't defend anything, I just give a objective look and give a clear look about this. And, again, as always, just f*ck off man. You're making this shit because you don't understand anything, or, just for views? Come on, you got bunch of fames already, got a big channels, hella large amount of views and subscribes to gain advantage on TRshow algorithm, and still making those clickbait shit dog? Nah, I understand, because, LMAO GOT FOOLED BY EU, USA GOVERMENT, BRO FIX UR BRAIN AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Mạnh Lê
Mạnh Lê Gün önce
Im not even mad, im just laughing at those shits and, find out much people have a way worse brain than mine, although mine is the slowest, worst one already. Feel really confident now :D
Beniamin Wawrzosek
Beniamin Wawrzosek 2 gün önce
What the hell? Poland doesn't have labor camps! We had them in ww2 but nazi built them.
mr popo
mr popo 2 gün önce
Fun fact: only people out of north Korea are watching this
Iris Jung
Iris Jung 2 gün önce
Best place to stay safe is Austria,Germany,French,Russia was Ally with Japan
Sblinxx 2 gün önce
Music at 6:28 ?
Graeme King
Graeme King 2 gün önce
The only people from North Korea who are watching this, are the authorities. Good job, bro. You've made their job so much easier.
Hùng Phi Đặng
Hùng Phi Đặng 2 gün önce
Hey Vietnamese people do not allies with North Korean at all!
Memeshake 1221
Memeshake 1221 2 gün önce
ummak sus
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson 2 gün önce
Fun fact : people in North Korea doesn't have wifi they can't watch this video
173 mini v2
173 mini v2 3 gün önce
i will send help from the rebels and guerillas
173 mini v2
173 mini v2 3 gün önce
173 mini v2
173 mini v2 3 gün önce
i will go in the far cry 6 style i need some help
Daniel 3 gün önce
What about taking a boat to vladivostok? Russians will help, putin mocks North Korea on TV lol
•∆•Everything Nate•∆•
•∆•Everything Nate•∆• 3 gün önce
Fact: everyone who's watching this is not from north Korea since YT is banned there
CatWeird Gün önce
Kim could've watched this
BlueDaBoss ツ
BlueDaBoss ツ 3 gün önce
do I live in Asia? no do I find this interesting and watched it all? yes
Francis 3 gün önce
Yup the leader getting chubby
Rhen 4 gün önce
The great queen vs The not great Kim Jong Un
kim jung un
kim jung un 4 gün önce
You better delete this shit dude.
Nooby Noob
Nooby Noob 3 gün önce
rae ludiansa
rae ludiansa 4 gün önce
I whould learn sign language then try to survive to go to china because i know sign language then i whould just pretend to be mute and the Chinese wont think that i am a north Korean and go to somewhere
p t
p t 4 gün önce
miss ur videos
i like artic fox
i like artic fox 4 gün önce
There is 7 options but there is always a 8th by crossing the sea into China well stay in the water make your way to Taipei there is a embassy in tipei Taiwan there is several embassys get to the Guatemala embassy they will take you to Guatemala and to get into the usa and go to the mexican border once there make it to mexico city get a flight to the us border like mexacali or Tijuana to cross the border its to risky at the mexicali so go to Tijuana and detour the border to make it to sandiego from the pacific once there you start new life
Questionings 4 gün önce
Geez the US is crappy but Thank god I was not born in North Korea
173 mini v2
173 mini v2 3 gün önce
good thing im at thailand no hell
Rasprolol➊ 4 gün önce
Hope people from north korea see this and can try to plan out their escape
Miszali 4 gün önce
I'm praying for the Noth Koreans but let's put it aside for now. I know, it was only for a short bit in the video but when he said "Polish labor camps" i got mad af. I'm polish myself and we don't have any labor camps other than the ones that germans built. Poles were the people who were working and killed in them :/ Please don't say I'm overreacting etc. the only thing i wanted to tell is that accuses like that are an offence to our history.
Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un 4 gün önce
Tanks fow da tip! HeHeHe
Snack BUSTER GAMING 4 gün önce
Most easy seems to be the boat form the side where u will either go to japan or south korea
JJSparklez 4 gün önce
pls pray for me i live in North Korea
IssuesSolver 1101
IssuesSolver 1101 5 gün önce
*thumbnail, AY YO WE GOT ESCAPER HERE, SHOOT AT IT! wait nvm they are stickers*
NiLeNC 5 gün önce
north korea wants to know your location
Kakeepie 5 gün önce
North Korea sucks
IWantPlat 5 gün önce
As soon as he got the chance to take his family he was gone, i wonder how many other high ranking members want this
Jerrito the BuffGamer
Jerrito the BuffGamer 5 gün önce
great video, except the thing abt china sending North Koreans back is bs
poet some
poet some 5 gün önce
My son if sinners entice you do not consent. If they say come with us let us lay wait for blood. My son do not walk in the way with them for their feet run to evil.PROVERbs1vs10-15
Shayden riddle
Shayden riddle 5 gün önce
Honestly that guy is bullshit
Kuid 5 gün önce
0:00 I'm Kento Bento!
Aarav Sharma
Aarav Sharma 6 gün önce
Lol north korean people can't watch this lol they have got no internet that's a reason why they didn't get internet
Beladric 5 gün önce
No it’s because the country is poor and isolation country
Costin88Boss 6 gün önce
North korean gorvernment knew about the pandemic, that's why you can't escape
Caity Trina
Caity Trina 6 gün önce
It's so disgusting thinking that there's countries who go out of their way to make it harder for victims to escape NK. I can't imagine being a cop where my job is to make it harder for defectors to reach an embassy
Shawn Dreinan Ramos
Shawn Dreinan Ramos 7 gün önce
there is still a nuke
GAMERBOYX 7 gün önce
I live in AUS
Dhimasboizz 7 gün önce
One more thing can u do to escaping north korea : Say North korea is sux infront of their president and you'll go to another country that you can vibing or get punishment, that from me and goodbye, hope helping :)))))))
BL wolf
BL wolf 7 gün önce
watching this video makes me feel ashamed of being Chinese . seeing Chinese government sent back the refugees to death makes me angry , recently China starts heavily publish propaganda movies about North Korean war . my friend just watched the moive and said North Korean should be grateful for Chinese because we helped them defeat USA in the war, that's why they could have their own country otherwise US goanna take over NK make them a slave nation. this is 2021 , I find its hard to take that people are still believe those nonsense . I wish people could see what life actually like in NK. I wish more people could see the truth .
AmNoob 7 gün önce
You guess who can’t watch this? *North Koreans.*
mychemical_sunshine 7 gün önce
Poor.north koreans, Kim.jon un needs to be executed for what hes done to.them, I hope one day North Koreans can be free and happy. I'd never survive none of the routes.
Kim-Jong-Un 7 gün önce
Can you please make another one on "How to prevent your people from escaping?"
Cherrie 6 gün önce
Plantern Faruk
Plantern Faruk 6 gün önce
Captain Maratcium
Captain Maratcium 8 gün önce
Now I know what to do if I take the wrong flight
Zuwaria Sarafine
Zuwaria Sarafine 8 gün önce
im bengali why cant they come to my country
irondragonmaiden 8 gün önce
I actually think that, if an elite makes a run for it and their parents are working, there's a chance the party won't kill the parents because NK can't easily replace them. A lot of defectors all point out that it's basically impossible to go to university if you're not born into the elite class (which, yeah, functionally makes NK into an absolute feudal monarchy), so that means the people who have high-paying/elite jobs are super hard to replace and so have that as a not so insignificant leverage. It's why I think Kang Nara's father is still alive in spite of she and her mother making a run for it: he is probably irreplaceable and will be until the party can train someone up to take over his job. And even then, if the man is smart, he will make himself so indispensable that they won't kill him because it's bad for business.
Goonsintern 8 gün önce
I am so greatful for how I am living but still so much bad stuff😞
gabriel sedlmair
gabriel sedlmair 8 gün önce
love for south korea
Throw me in a Toilet and then flush it
Throw me in a Toilet and then flush it 9 gün önce
7:28 was how my parents go to school
Boynubthepro_YT 9 gün önce
I live in the Philippines do they allowed north kroean refugies
Drip 2.0
Drip 2.0 11 gün önce
I like ur vids entertaining and educational keep it up
Ahmed Tarek
Ahmed Tarek 11 gün önce
The fact is that north Koreans will never see this
Trupa Babuinilor
Trupa Babuinilor 12 gün önce
Can't they escape to Japan or Taiwan?
Um ser humano
Um ser humano 12 gün önce
Please add portuguese captions
Stella_The_Ugly_Cat 12 gün önce
Man. Why is Kim jung un like this…
Silvia Krokova
Silvia Krokova 12 gün önce
Now i cam see how hard life they have poor children and women's
PhatGranny_Pus 12 gün önce
If I was North Korean I wouldn’t have kids at all
PhatGranny_Pus 12 gün önce
Why can’t more countries be like South Korea 😔
Naty_Space🌙 12 gün önce
I hope that as much as possible north koreans escapes without internet🙏🏼
izzyzle 12 gün önce
10:47 I live in poland and I hear about it for the first time 😟 I read an article “Cash for kim. How North Koreans are working themselves to death in Europe” on VICE and I’m shocked. All this happening and authorities dont give a shit. The quote from the article: “The UN estimated in a report last year there are about 50,000 North Koreans abroad, earning the Kim regime $1.2billion to $2.3bn per year. The workers are paid very little, with their employers paying ‘significantly higher amounts’ directly to the North Korean government”
izzyzle 13 gün önce
imagine having to escape without knowing ANY of this, all they know is that they have to cross the border and if they’re lucky they make it to a different country, and most of the times it’s china so they have to go many miles without any food, money or even being able to communicate with people, damn
Abeewhocantfly 13 gün önce
North koreans dont have internet nor devices just TV
Yeet Forever!
Yeet Forever! 13 gün önce
Him: Remember, you're dirt poor and you are probably on a small boat. Me: Nah, you're to poor to even have a boat!
Broitzmee 14 gün önce
North Koreans don't even have any internet
Accamma K B
Accamma K B 14 gün önce
They have
Chief Toad
Chief Toad 14 gün önce
I’ve seen Naruto, North Korea governed by madara uchiha, south governed by hashirama senju
Lindsey Murray
Lindsey Murray 14 gün önce
Imagine being the most wanted person in North Korea and only have food water and a armored car with a gun on it
Lindsey Murray
Lindsey Murray 14 gün önce
Then start a new life in Japan then be able to speak japan
Lindsey Murray
Lindsey Murray 14 gün önce
Honestly I would try going to Japan if I was American and stuck in Korea cuz Japan can prob get me a family
Arjun 15 gün önce
Gaminglichgamer 15 gün önce
"How to escape North Korea" 13 million people:Interesting
Jon Champion
Jon Champion 15 gün önce
What would South Korea do if The north came looking for escapees
Vince And Rein Valiente
Vince And Rein Valiente 16 gün önce
Pro tip: Don't go to North Korea
lord_god_aternos 16 gün önce
the de militarized zone is the most militarized zone on the planet
_ Roxy _
_ Roxy _ 16 gün önce
the sad fact is that a north Corean will never be' able to see this video
KRKN_ 16 gün önce
its kinda ironic that the DMZ is the most MILETERIZED BORDER IN THE FUCKING WORLD
SETSUNA GAMING 17 gün önce
I wish the leader of north Korea
Ibrahim Saeed
Ibrahim Saeed 17 gün önce
it's so sad I mean I seriously don't know where to start from.
Arin 17 gün önce
Imagine you are reincarnated into north korean
Gina Lolz
Gina Lolz 17 gün önce
it's so sad that in the picture with king jong-un none of them were smiling and one of them looked like she was about to break 11:55
The god jacob
The god jacob 17 gün önce
Let's all be happy we weren't born in North Korea 😩😖🤕😬
SKULL GAMING 18 gün önce
south koreans are angels helping and welcoming everyone
Fun Entertainment
Fun Entertainment 18 gün önce
This video always gets me wondering Why exactly is North Korea like that to its own citizens? I mean there are a ton of other countries over the world that take advantage over the poor but in a more roundabout way by tricking them instead but North Korea is just straight up acting evil towards its own citizens
Brian Mo
Brian Mo 18 gün önce
Instructions unclear: accidentally became the leader of North Korea
Roseflower _014
Roseflower _014 19 gün önce
My slave
Sqnwitched 20 gün önce
People in North Korea rn
Deutsches Reich
Deutsches Reich 20 gün önce
But how do they know about these methods?
under the wave
under the wave 21 gün önce
North kareia is not a good place I plan to atacc them
ℱ TᗝᖙᗝᖇᗝḰᓰ ℱ
ℱ TᗝᖙᗝᖇᗝḰᓰ ℱ 21 gün önce
to cross the DMZ, if you are rich or like a student or something, just buy a military outfit
ZXPLAYS354 21 gün önce
why not go to china to philippines in palawan its the most safest country to escape to especially you can hide...
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