South Korean POWs in North Korea detail misery slaving in coal mines

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Lee Sun-woo was a prisoner of war in North Korea. An estimated 50,000 former South Korean prisoners of war were never returned by Pyongyang after the 1950-53 conflict. They and their descendents were forced to work in coal mines for decades - an industry that was a major earner for North Korea until sanctions blocked exports three years ago.


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