Photographer's Note

I was going to post another photograph from North Korea today with a military theme, but after Sarolta said she found yesterday’s post frightening, and AnneFrance said it scared her, I decided to post something softer.

Whilst I was in Pyongyang, I visited the government’s television studio where they were recording a children’s programme. I was amazed to see children just 3-5 years old performing in front of the cameras as if they were seasoned Las Vegas performers. They stepped up onto the stage to perform songs, solo and in groups, and not once did they make a mistake or show any signs of nervousness in front of the studio lights and cameras.

When this song was being recorded, I asked what they were singing about, expecting the reply to be a nursery rhyme or a children’s folk song. Instead I discovered that they were singing about “how much the great leader General Kim Jong Il loved little children”. Definitely a number you won't hear on Sesame Street!

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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