Han Jong-sun still unmistakably recollects the second he was stole with his sister.
It was a delightful fall day in 1984, and Han, at that point eight years of age, was getting a charge out of a since quite a while ago sought after outing to the city with his bustling dad.
Be that as it may, Han’s dad despite everything had a couple of tasks to run, and he chose the speediest – and most secure – activity is leave the kids with an official at a police substation for a couple of moments.
That cop would destroy the family.
“A transport halted before the police substation and we were constrained into the transport,” Han reviews over 30 years after the fact. “A cop traded obscure signs with the individuals who got off the transport.
“We had no clue about where we were taken to. ‘Daddy advised us to hold up here! Daddy is coming!’ We cried and wailed.
“They began beating us, saying that we were excessively uproarious.”
The transport was taking them to Hyungje Bokjiwon, a private office that was formally a government assistance focus.
Yet, as a general rule, charge the individuals who endure, it was a fierce confinement place which held a large number of individuals without wanting to – some for quite a long time.
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As indicated by declarations and proof accumulated from the site, prisoners state they were utilized as slave work at building locales, ranches, and production lines during the 1970s and 80s. They were additionally supposedly tormented and assaulted, with hundreds kicking the bucket under the heartless conditions.
The office at Hyungje Bokjiwon has been contrasted with an inhumane imprisonment, however its story isn’t broadly known, and no one – right up ’til the present time – has been considered responsible for the monstrosities that allegedly occurred inside its dividers.
For Han and his sister, their appearance was the beginning of a bad dream which would last three and a half years, and always change the course of their lives.
‘Social Purification Projects’
During the 1980s, South Korea was blasting monetarily. It had accomplished mind boggling development, defeating the scars of the Korean War during the 1950s, after which the Korean landmass was part into North and South.
The entire nation was in a fever in front of the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and the administration started prodding on the country’s rebranding endeavors.
In any case, behind the supposed “Marvel of Han River” was a merciless and dim reality.
In April 1981, a letter showed up at the workplace of then-Prime Minister Nam Duck-charm. The letter, manually written by President Chun Doo-Hwan, a previous general who had held onto power through a military upset a year sooner, requested the specialists to “get serious about asking and take defensive measures for transients”.