While IS' atrocities continue to appear in the news cycle, little is being reported about the atrocities and abuses going on in North Korea. Well over 1,382 people have been publicly executed by the North Korean government since 2000 and between 50,000 to 70,000 Christians face tortured and death in North Korean labor camps.
Last summer at the Catholic University of America, a North Korean defector named Sarah Liu, who was arrested in 1991 because of her Christian faith and spent three years in a labor camp before she was arrested again in 1996 and forced to spend another three years imprisoned, detailed how she was tortured by police and told to renounce Christ.
"The police took me to a police station and they asked a lot of information about my pastor and my friends. … And they ask me [to] give up Jesus Christ. [I said], I don't want to do that.' So, they beat me and they used the electric bar, an electric baton, that can shock your body and burn your skin," Liu said.
"So they put it to my head, my body, everywhere. And then they put it into my hands. It is painful. I was screaming. Then they put the baton in my mouth, so my whole mouth is so hurt, and I couldn't drink, couldn't eat and couldn't talk. They still asked information. And then, they give me me shock chains on my ankles."
For the past 14 years, North Korea has been ranked as the worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA's World Watch List.