We guess she’s there to raise awareness of something or other.
A group of female peace activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel laureates arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday for a march across the Demilitarized Zone that they hope will bring world attention to calls for a resolution to tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The rare crossing of the DMZ, approved by both Koreas, is to take place Sunday.
North and South Korea have technically been in a state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Their border along the DMZ is one of the most heavily fortified in the world and it is highly unusual for crossings to be allowed.
The event has raised controversy, with critics accusing the group of being propaganda pawns for the North Korean government. But participants say the march is intended to be a symbolic step toward ending the tensions between the Koreas, not an endorsement of either side’s policies.
No word whether Steinem will be protesting the fact the pudgy dictator just had his aunt murdered.
Sharing the family name doesn’t mean one can be spared Kim Jong Un’s ruthless governing tactics. Among the recent victims of the North Korean dictator’s purges was Kim Kyong Hui, his aunt, who was reportedly poisoned last year at the behest of her 32-year-old nephew after she grumbled for months about the death of her husband, Jang Song Thaek. Jang was executed in December 2013, CNN notes.
Kim Jong Un has overseen the brutal executions of dozens of people considered threats to his authority. His execution sprees are thought to be aimed at silencing anyone who speaks out against the regime or its leader.
At least 68 high-ranking officials have been publicly executed for criticizing Kim since he assumed power in 2011 following his father Kim Jong Il’s death, according to South Korean intelligence. Many of them faced extreme brutality, including being forced to stare down the barrel of an anti-aircraft machine gun. One senior official was apparently burned alive by a flamethrower, according to Mirror Online. Another was targeted by a mortar round.