K School Textbooks Attracted Crowds
During 2-Day Festival
an exhibitor at One World Festival, Osaka,
Japan (Feb. 3-4, 2007)
than 100 NGOs and NPOs in Japan joined the One World
Festival held for two days at Osaka International
Center (Feb. 3rd and 4th). Many groups participated in the event
under the theme “Bringing the world closer through education,
interaction and mutual assistance.” The groups are working
to help resolve today’s global issues of environmental
destruction, poverty, repression of human rights, ethnic conflict,
and refugees. Approximately 12,600 guests visited the exhibition
during the 2-day event.
group, Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR) displayed
a number of items from everyday life in North Korea and continually
played documentary videotapes featuring several of our foster
children as well as North Korean orphans or street children.
We also played and sold the Japanese version of the Seoul
Train documentary DVD.
members staffing the booth were surprised by the high degree
of interest in the near-crumbling school textbooks from North
Korea. The books attracted consistently large crowds, and many
of the visitors requested permission to photograph the books
booth at One World Festival
textbooks shown below were received
from several North Korean refugees whom LFNKR helped
reach Japan. Until the 1980’s the country used ordinary
pulp paper to print textbooks, but when the government could
no longer afford pulp they began using paper made from corn
husks (excluding the outermost husks). The ink used for printing
is of extremely low quality. The textbooks are re-used for
many years, thus the serious worn and tattered condition.
Visitors had to handle the books very carefully to keep the
books from coming apart.
textbooks currently used in North Korea
textbook: Table of Contents page
Textbook: Dedication Page
"The Respected Leader
Generalissimo Kim Il Sung
Will Always Be With Us"
Textbook: Second Dedication Page
You, the Great Leader
Marshal Kim Jong Il !"
Textbook: Lesson One
"Listen and say: Hello !"
Textbook: Lesson Two
"Listen and say: Good-bye !"
Textbook: Lesson One
"Listen and say: Good afternoon !"
Textbook: Elementary school
These were being worn by a NK refugee
we met to
help him to freedom
during one of our rescue operations.
of Corn Noodles
few months ago, an LFNKR staff member brought back
of corn noodles from Yanji, China to sell at
the One World Festival.
noodles are one
of the most popular foods in
Koreans in China sell them widely.
Are They Telling Us the Truth?
Brutality Beyond Belief
book, co-published by LFNKR in English, contains eye
witness testimony by North Korean defectors who have
brutality in the labor camps
of North Korea. (Available for donation of US$20 or
recent issue of the printed Japanese language newsletter
that LFNKR mails to members in Japan.