Hun-sik Kim was the principal of Pyongyang Light Engineering College. She was sentenced to a five-year imprisonment for suggesting to the City Education Board that her students' labor responsibility be reduced so that they could spend more time studying. In prison, she was assigned the work of measuring fabric to produce jackets, which were to be given as gifts to workers outside by the president on his birthday. One time, she miscalculated the imported nylon fabric but immediately corrected the error and no fabric was wasted. However, she was detained in the punishment cell for ten days for "attempting sabotage." She was crippled and partly paralyzed when she was released from the punishment cell. On a very hot summer day in August, the camp doctors burned her bottom with heated stones to see if she could feel pain. She never felt any pain when her flesh was burning. Just before she died a few weeks later, she whispered to me, with a twittering tongue and tears in her eyes, "I want to see the blue sky. You know my children are waiting for me."
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