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North Korea is a frightening and strange country, Eric the photographer has bravely explored North Korea six times, sneaking back photographic evidence of his trip. He was able to get these photos out of the country by smuggling digital memory cards past the borders of the Communist country. It was dangerous, but we think well worth it. These are incredibly eye-opening.

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The photos are honest, but show a side to the country that is legitimately frightening.

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The repression and struggle in these photos are totally real.

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Life is brutal in many parts of North Korea.

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But even if life is hard…

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These villagers love their dear leader.

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North Korean officials forbid people from taking pictures of the poor.

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Even if they exist in many places around the world.

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On the day of the Kimjongilia festival, thousands of North Koreans must queue up to visit various monuments.

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Most people would never have the chance to look inside the borders of North Korea…

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But these photos will help thousands realize what life is really like there.

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Many people aren’t accustomed to modern technology, like cell phones, flash cameras or even vehicles.

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Times are hard for many families living in North Korea.

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Both showing poverty and wealth is forbidden.

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You cannot photograph soldiers relaxing…

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Or malnutrition…

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Only the elite shop in normal supermarkets.

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Safety standards are almost nonexistent.

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When visiting the delphinium in Pyongyang, you can photograph the animals, but not the soldiers who make up 99 per cent of the crowd.

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This would be considered a terrible offense: a broom leaning against a statue of Kim Il Sung.