19 December, 2011
AP Photo/Kyoto News
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il died on Saturday at the age of 69. The announcement was made Monday morning on North Korea’s state-run television which attributed the cause of death to ‘physical and mental over-work.’ Kim had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from the public eye for months but has since made diplomatic trips to China and Russia. The death of North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ will send shock waves throughout the country.
South Korea’s military has been put on emergency alert.
The Defector team is speaking with our subjects about how this impacts them and their families.
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