When we look at the horrific situation in North Korea it can be hard to retain our optimism despite Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump’s planned meeting this month. The UN describes the human rights situation as ‘without parallel in the contemporary world’. At least 100,000 people are held in prison camps, regularly experiencing slave labour and torture.
There is no open expression of religious faith, and if you’re caught with a Bible you could face execution, or a life sentence in a prison camp. Oppression and tyranny are a regular feature of daily life.
So it’s our prayer that President Trump will raise these violations when the leaders meet; and that it will be clear that if there is ever peace in Korea, it will only be when the prison camps are closed, and when human dignity and freedom are respected.