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Some time ago I went to Sungho County on an official business. There I was very excited at staggering news. I was told that a few days ago some people with visual impairments took a rest at Sungho Rest Home at the initiative of the County Party Committee. The news that the rest home accommodated purely blind visitors urged me to meet them without delay. I was deeply moved by what they said. One said that his body weight increased by 3 kg during recreation and other said that they had a good time with the officials of the County Party Committee who visited them with some materials good for their recovery. And the other said shedding tears that he has so far never received such kind treatment. They vied each other in explaining what they have received at the rest home. One elderly said: “Above all else, the officials of the County Party Committee including its chief secretary congratulated me on my birthday. They brought with them a variety of delicious foods. They inquired about my living conditions, asking me what inconveniences I feel.” I was also deeply impressed by what they said. Those blind people, they are undoubtedly people with disabilities. But they are living in clover here. For their physical disabilities they enjoyed special treatment. Right, they were the honored guests of the rest home. If they had lived in capitalist society, they would not have received such treatment. Suddenly it occurred to me an article carried in the newspaper Rodong Sinmun which I had read a few days ago. The article dealt with a shocking story that the people with disabilities had been locked in a dog-hutch together with dogs and bound with chain in a camp for persons with disabilities in south Korea. The management team of the camp tortured the people with disabilities in an attempt to prevent their brutalities from being exposed. The title of the article Human Rights Bound with Chain and Imprisoned in Dog-hutch was still fresh in my memory. Human rights are people’s rights to independence that they deserve to receive. The striking human rights situation in the two parts of the Korean peninsula! In the DPRK the persons with disabilities including those with visual impairments are engaged in their creative labour at factories of the blind and public amenities offices, enjoying special treatment. Thanks to the State policy, the blind and deaf schools and medical service facilities for the people with disabilities have been set up, contributing to their health, education and edification. A new term recreation merely for the people with disabilities was born. By contrast, the physical weakness of the people with disabilities is used for taming them and making them obey in capitalist countries. In capitalist society the law of jungle is treated as proper for survival and the people with disabilities give up their life before anybody else with lamentation over their physical impairments and thirst for affection and compassion. Human rights are not guaranteed by themselves as one wants them. Only when government policies are popular, everyone can enjoy a genuine life with equal rights. As long as they live in the embrace of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the State and in the socialist country where all are united as a big family to help each other, the people with disabilities will forever be treated as privileged persons and guests of honor. The honored guests say: Under the special care of the Workers’ Party, our people with disabilities who are privileged beneficiaries will be superior not only in following the Workers’ Party but in supporting it with loyalty. Pyon Song Gum, a journalist of Kwangmyong Publishing House

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