Kim Jong-un Said No: Banned Photos From North Korea

North Korea is a country shrouded in secrecy. One of the most mysterious places on earth, it is also one of the most difficult to visit. It is nearly impossible for an outsider to gain entry without a hard-to-get and pricey visa. Photos that capture the daily life of the country are rare, as many photojournalists aren’t willing to take the risk. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has very strict rules for photos that are deemed acceptable. Many of the photos you’re able to see do not meet his standards.

Born to Work

Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Childhood might just be the most innocent and happiest of times for the children of North Korea. However, this is because they are not old enough to understand the horrible conditions they are brought up in or that they are being conditioned to acknowledge their dictator as a great guy.

Those who are not so fortunate to be born in Pyongyang often are subject to harsh conditions not suitable for a child. North Korea has recently come under fire for their forced labor of children, who are treated like slaves. In North Korea, it’s common to see young children gathering and hauling corn and grain.