The whereabouts of two residents mobilized to pick blueberries are unknown… North Korean defectors

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Workers and employees at the Baekdusan Youth Blueberry Plant in Yanggang Province are harvesting blueberries. /Photo = North Korean propaganda media ‘Joseon Today’ homepage capture

Two residents who were mobilized to pick blueberries in Samjiyeon, Ryanggang Province, North Korea, have been missing for about 10 days, raising the possibility of defection.

According to a source in Yanggang Province on the 30th, two female residents in their 20s who were mobilized to pick blueberries in Sinmuseong-dong, Samjiyeon-si, on the 17th went missing.

It has been more than 10 days since they disappeared, but so far no clues as to their whereabouts have been found.

In the midst of this, it is reported that there are rumors circulating in the local area that it appears that he defected using the blueberry picking mobilization period due to the severe food shortage caused by the corona crisis.

In fact, after the corona crisis, North Korea completely closed its borders and controlled movement between regions, making life difficult for the residents of Samjiyon.

In particular, it is reported that 80% of the residents of Sinmuseong-dong, Samjiyeon-si, have no food, so they decide to ask for potatoes in the fall and borrow food. .

According to the source, the residents of Samjiyon, who have low satisfaction with life due to the food shortage, openly say, ‘If there is an opportunity, I will move to China’.

Moreover, since the Blueberry Beverage Factory was built in Samjiyeon, Yanggang Province in 2019, residents were mobilized to pick blueberries until late at night every blueberry season. It is said that complaints have risen.

For this reason, Samjiyeon residents are saying that they are putting more weight on the possibility that women, who had a grudge against the unfair labor force in the midst of making a living, were mobilized to pick blueberries and crossed the border while working.

A source said, “From the outside, I know that the residents of Samjiyeon are receiving rations normally, but in reality, only partial rations are given to the city dwellers and no rations are provided to the outskirts at all.” It seems that they were mobilized, but they saw the opportunity and moved to China,” he said.

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