The Forgotten P.O.W.

Escaped S. Korean POW ‘Held in China‘, by Cho Jung-sik, Digital Chosnilbo,, 10 January 2005 (from One Free Korea).

The bizarre and petty nature of DPRK always amazes

A former South Korean soldier captured by North Korea during the Korean War escaped to China and was arrested by Chinese police while seeking to enter South Korea, a Chinese source said Monday.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said Han ma-taek had been presumed dead in the Korean War. The South Korean government is now trying to confirm whether Chinese police really did make the arrest.

The source said Han crossed the Tumen River to China on Dec. 26 last year and hid at a hotel in Yenji, China. But Chinese police raided the hotel the following day and arrested Han together with three Korean-Chinese individuals who were to help him enter South Korea. The three were released after paying some W3 million in fines.

Every bit of this story is astounding.

Say he was 16 when captured in the last year of the war, 1953.

That’s a little more than 41 years of captivity, meaning the youngest he could be is 57.

And he escaped.

And the monsters held him that long.

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