North Korea is known for being a completely closed society. All information going in and out is strictly controlled, and that's in no small part because North Korea has a long record of extreme human rights abuses.
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Despite such a closed system, stories about the awful living conditions in what some have described as a "cult-like" military dictatorship have made their way out. So what is life really like for the average North Korean resident?
Read more about living in North Korea:
U.S. News: Here's How Lousy Life is in North Korea
The Guardian: Revealed: the gas chamber horror of North Korea's gulag