Life as a persecuted Christian in N Korea: Bae's Story

North Korean Christian Bae* was sentenced to a lifetime of backbreaking labour and starvation rations - just for having a Bible.

If you were to see Bae* during the day, you’d assume that her work was picking crops. Every morning in the village she’s forced to live in, Bae spends the day working in the fields.

If you saw all this, you’d be appalled. But you’d have no idea this isn’t Bae’s real work.

That starts at night. When she and her housemates cover the windows with blankets, light a small candle and sit in a tight circle. Bae gets out a book.

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God,” she reads.

This is Bae’s real work. This is the North Korean underground church.

*Name changed for security reasons.