Multiple disabled North Koreans, Names Unknown
Died: Early 1990s; reported by a defector in 1999.
Age at death: All ages, primarily children.
Cause of death: Fatal biological and chemical weapons testing.
Location: North Korea.
As reported by defectors from North Korea, disabled North Koreans are considered to be unworthy of life. Disabled children are taken from their parents, either purchased or taken by force, and “disappear” into “closed hospitals”. Whether they are mentally or physically disabled, the government has decided that these North Koreans’ best contribution to their government is to be used for human biological and chemical weapons testing, which is usually fatal. The North Korean government prefers to claim that there are no disabled people in North Korea.
When famine strikes, the disabled are given no food rations, and most die. There are also reports that people with dwarfism were sent to a remote mountain village, with the men castrated, so that they could not have children; this village is now mostly deserted.
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