What is ‘corn root’? North Korean soldier in his 20s killed by youth

North Korea drought damage
A landscape of corn fields taken in Samsu-gun, Yanggang Province. /Photo = Daily NK data photo

According to the orders of the superior, a North Korean soldier in his twenties preparing for winter was beaten to death by young men guarding the farm.

According to a daily NK internal military source on the 14th, a soldier Shin (20, middle-class soldier) died and three local youths were arrested in a so-called ‘firewood fight’ that took place near the rear command center of the 8.15 training camp (Seoheung-gun, North Hwanghae Province) on the 14th.

Shin is a member of the Track Squadron of the 8.15 Training Center Rear Headquarters, and on the 9th, he dug up the corn roots remaining in the field where the corn was harvested at the youth group field near the unit on the 9th, and shook off the soil to dry it.

Since October and November are the military training preparation and winter preparation periods, they were mobilized for winter preparation by division under the instructions of the training center. Corn is an important ‘firewood and wintering product’ for the soldiers of the Rear Command stationed in North Hwanghae, where corn is the basic crop.

As a result, Mr. Shin also received an instruction from the railroad squad that he should dry and offer 10 sacks of corn root per person every day as a winter preparation task.

Mr. Shin began digging up corn roots in a nearby farm field after digging up all the corn roots in his division’s side business field, but his personal planning for winter was insufficient. He died on the spot after being beaten.

Currently, the three men in the youth division are all being tried by the Seoheung-gun Safety Department for ‘murder by negligence and serious injury’.

The source said, “All the youth of the youth subgroup are graduates of a secondary school (high school where orphans go) in South Pyongan Province, and they have been petitioning this spring. They say they hit it,” he said.

Currently, in North Korea, winter firewood trees are literally the price of gold. Moreover, the government-supplied coal for each military unit and wood obtained through the firewood operation are insufficient to cover the firewood for each barracks and ward, which must be guaranteed from October 15th to March 15th.

Regarding this, a source said, “The training camp is also in short supply of troop cafeterias and family members of the military. They often say that you can survive winter only if you buy one.”

This is because the national supply of heating fuel is in short supply, so the soldiers at the 8.15 training camp compete to collect corn roots to prepare firewood for their wards.

Meanwhile, with this incident, the military-civil relationship between the soldiers and the residents of the 8.15 Training Center and the division directly under the Rear Command is showing signs of worsening. Concerned about this, officials from the North Hwanghae Province Safety Bureau gave an ‘absurd’ answer to the 8.15 training center, which is shocking.

The source said, “When the training camp was outraged by the death of a soldier from the railroad squad at the rear of the training camp, the Ministry of Security said, ‘The three people involved in this case are supplicants from South Pyongan Province, not from Hwangbuk Mainland Baegi (natives), and they had a history of fighting with each other.’ did,” he said.

Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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