Mobile phones help weaken North Korean isolation
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 02/05/2012 18:57
Every week, Mrs Ri, a North Korean defector now living in Seoul, receives a call from her family back home. For her it is a chance to catch up with loved ones. For them, it is potentially a matter of life and death.
To make the calls, Mrs Ri's relatives must run an elaborate gauntlet to call abroad on a Chinese mobile phone, smuggled in over the border. Fearing they could be shot if it is found in their home, they wrap the device in a plastic bag and bury it on a dusty hillside, digging it out to speak only at pre-arranged times.
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