North Korea prepares to distribute rice to all correctional centers on Kim Jong-il’s birthday (February 16)

Suseong Kyohwaso
Satellite image of Suseong Kyohwaso located in Suseong-dong, Cheongjin-si, North Hamgyeong-do. /Photo = Google Earth Capture

North Korea, which distributed rice and meat to prisoners at correctional centers across the country on New Year’s Day, is said to be preparing a similar event for Kim Jong-il’s birthday in February.

In a phone call with Daily NK on the 13th, a source inside North Korea said, “On February 16 (Kim Jong-il’s birthday, Gwangmyeong Holy Day), an order was given to correctional centers across the country to unconditionally provide one meal of rice. There was also a content to raise the height (height) of the

The source explained that the policy of the authorities is to provide rice for lunch on the day of the correctional school where the conditions are favorable.

The North Korean authorities distributed rice and a piece of meat to the prisoners of the Kyohwaso on the 1st to celebrate the New Year. It was quite unusual for North Korea to even provide meat to Kyohwaso, which had only provided rice to the Kyohwaso on special days among national holidays. (▶Shortcut to related articles: North Korea, 2022On the first morning of the year, at Kyohwaso nationwide ricemeat specialtiesoffer)

This was intended to celebrate the ‘national celebration’ and to promote Chairman Kim Jong-un’s ‘people-first-prism’. The plan to distribute more rice on Kim Jong-il’s birthday can be seen as part of this movement.

In this regard, North Korea is giving special meaning to this year, which marks the 110th anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s birthday and the 80th anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s birthday, as the ‘year of revolutionary great events’.

Accordingly, it is predicted that similar measures will be taken starting from the birthday of Kim Il-sung (15th) in April, which North Korea advertises as ‘the greatest national holiday’.

However, it has not been confirmed exactly whether the content of paying more meat was included. However, as North Korea regards the birthday of the supreme leader as a bigger holiday than the New Year, it is expected that the same amount of meat or more meat will be provided than in January.

Partial disruption of special supply due to rice shortage

In addition, it was reported that there was not much rice for the New Year’s special distribution due to the lack of rice.

The source said, “The amount and height of rice balls on the first day were too small and low.

He continued, “I made the lump of rice moist to meet the meal rules, but it is said that the height was generally low. did.

It is said that the North Korean authorities did not properly guarantee the rice to the correctional centers and issued special rationing orders, which led to a trick in the front line to only match the weight.

For this reason, the source said that on Kim Jong-il’s birthday, each Kyohwaso was instructed to finish milling and prepare rice by early February so as not to run out of rice, the source said.

Special supply applies only to correctional schools subject to correctional reform.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the special distribution measures by the North Korean authorities were only given to the correctional centers. It is a perception that ‘special consideration is given only to those who return to society after correction and will live as socialist citizens’.

The source said, “This time (1st), all the people from the correctional centers across the country, from the correctional groups to the correctional workers, gave a piece of pork for a bowl of rice on New Year’s Day morning. For the field, only corn and salted soup were served (distributed), not rice,” he said.

He also explained, “The same measures were taken in all the correctional centers.” “Even if circumstances did not make it possible, they may have reported to the central government that the distribution was completed for fear of being questioned.”

In North Korea, reformed labor sentences result in temporary deprivation of citizenship and restoration only after the sentence is completed.

Regarding this, a source said, “The intention is to take better care of the prisoners of the correctional camp and return to the ranks of citizens after they finish their sentences, so that they don’t kill even one person and send them back to society.”

For this reason, it is highly likely that the prisoners of the Kwanliso (political prison camp), which the North Korean authorities believe cannot become citizens again, were excluded from the special distribution list from the beginning.

However, it has not been confirmed precisely whether special distributions were made in small-scale prison facilities such as labor training camps.

Source: DailyNK by

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