Real North Korea
From time to time, very rarely, foreign photographers manage to, nevertheless, take photos of the daily life of the most closed country in the world - North Korea. I’m not talking about the pictures that tourists take - they always have a tight control of the accompanying people, and the given route of excursions and there, besides sad monuments and a holiday at the stadium, have nothing to look at. I’m talking about cases when something like this happens in the DPRK that the local authorities, carefully guarding their territory from journalists, cannot cope with and are forced to accept help from abroad, as well as to let in them employees of foreign missions who have The rarest opportunity to photograph in North Korean territory.
The last time this happened was when a terrible train accident occurred first in April 2004, and then in 2005, when food shortages began again in the country and the international community took measures to alleviate the plight of the population living for half a year.
April 22, 200450 km from the Sino-North Korean border, at Yonchon Station (or Ronchon), two trains collided, one of which carried gasoline and the other liquefied gas. The explosion from the collision was of such strength that the territory, as it was written then, “looked as if it had been subjected to a massive bombardment”. The railway station and the village next to it were completely destroyed. The cause of the explosion remained unexplained until the end - there were different versions, to the extent that the explosion was allegedly an unsuccessful attempt on the life of Kim Jong-il, who had passed through this station from China several hours earlier. Most likely, the reason was much more banal - sloppiness, usual for North Koreans. One way or another, the DPRK asked for help in the aftermath of the disaster and the fraternal China and South Korea immediately responded to the call.