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Tuesday 24.04.2018 | Name days: Nameda, Visvaldis, Ritvaldis

Schoolgirl drowns, saving the portraits of former North Korean leaders

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A tragedy in North Korea: a schoolgirl drowned during a flood, trying to save the portraits of the former leaders of North Korea – Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-sung. Such acts of self-sacrifice are not rare in this country – people risk their own lives and the lives of their children to save «sacred portraits».

The incident took place on June 11 – a 14-year-old girl managed to carry two portraits wrapped in polyethylene out of a flooded house, while trying effortlessly to stay afloat, holding the portraits over her head. The girl died, drowning along with the portraits.

After the girl’s death, her mother was awarded with an honorary prize named after Kim Jong-Il. The school where the girl studied will be named after her. The girl’s parents and teachers also received awards.

This is not the first such case in North Korea. Thanks to the personality cult in the country, the portraits of former North Korean leaders are widely distributed throughout the country. They are usually kept at homes, bureaus and public buildings. The local media often writes about such heroic deeds; occasionally such deeds claim the lives of those people, AFP reports.

In 2007, some farmer lost his wife and children in a landslide, but managed to save the portraits. In 2008, on the other hand, during a flood some worker saved the portraits, but paid for it with the life of his five-year-old daughter. The man was carrying the portraits in his hands, but his daughter was sitting on his back. While he was looking for a safe spot, his daughter could not hold on to her father’s back and fell into the water. Another man rushed to save the portraits in his flooded home, where he drowned in the end. If the local media are to be believed, his remains were found after a week and he was still clinging to the portraits he held close to his chest up until the bitter end.


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  1. Maedhros says:

    Less idiots in the world is always a good thing!

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    • Anonymous says:

      A little girl died by the way. Just saying. You know, it’s kinda tragic. Oh right, people like have no human feelings.

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  2. Maedhros says:

    A little girl raised by idiots (parents) and criminals (government), who died to save a PORTRAIT of her own people’s serial MURDERER!

    There’s nothing human left there!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing human? The girl was raised by her parents so that she would love her country. And since North Korea has a high level of personality cult, both she and her parents could have been convicted on some irregular loyalty check for not loving the leader (I’m only guessing any probable outcomes). That’s just one possibility.
      But, as a results of her self-sacrifice and love for her country’s leaders, she was a) proclaimed a national hero, b) the school she studied at was renamed after her, and c) the work of her teachers and parents in teaching her loyalty and patriotism was recognized on the highest level.

      So what you’re saying is that self-sacrifice and steadfast loyalty even to such material objects is not human. Go back to school, maybe you’ll learn something there.

      P.S. You just called the people whose daughter died idiots, hope that makes you feel superior to them. Because your comment reduced my respect for my fellow man by -100%

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  3. Maedhros says:

    Ok, I got it!

    That stupid little girl died because of me, not because of a criminal government and totally brainwashed parents.

    Self-sacrifice to save a PORTRAIT?
    Loyalty? The first loyalty you owe it to yourself, don’t waste your unique and precious life for such an idiocy!

    You are sick, man! But please, do NOT go back to school.
    I fear you got your illness just there!

    I reserve my simpathy to the millions of little boys and girls who were starved to death by the man in that portrait.
    I’ll be very glad to leave the psycopaths to you!

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