Ruled by a maniacal dictator and cut off from the outside world, the citizens of North Korea are continually barraged by state propaganda and brainwashing that teaches them that their leader is a god deserving of their worship. The few who know the truth of the gospel face punishment by labor camp or death. It is estimated that 40,000 Christians have been imprisoned or martyred in recent decades because of their faith in Jesus.
In addition to brutal persecution, Most North Koreans face widespread famine, malnourishment and desperate poverty. In the 1990s, an estimated one-tenth of the population died of starvation. The situation has not improved much. Although some state-approved humanitarian efforts are being conducted, most official food aid is taken by the North Korea government to strengthen its military forces. Those truly in need are left helpless.