According to a report posted at The Telegraph, the influence of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un over his own people may, in fact, be waning, according to an anonymous defector with whom the news outlet has had contact.
What’s more, it appears that the growing number of NK citizens who are forsaking Kim as their “god” are doing so in favor of another god: God Himself.
“In the past, the people were told to worship the Kim family as their god, but many North Koreans no longer respect Kim Jong-Un,” the defector, who is now part of the group Worldwide Coalition to Stop Genocide in North Korea, told The Telegraph. “That means they are looking for something else to sustain their faith.”
Continuing, the defector said, “In some places, that has led to the emergence of shamans, but the Christian church is also growing and deepening its roots there. Even though people know they could be sent to prison—or worse—they are still choosing to worship, and that means that more cracks are appearing in the regime and the system.”
According to figures cultivated by the U.S. State Department, the number of practicing Christians in North Korea has grown significantly in recent years, from roughly 37,000 in 2012 to as many as 400,000 today.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large