Deep insights into Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, and 4 other global stories

Pedestrians make their way past the portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang in December 2016. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week. First up: an investigation into what life in North Korea really looks like.

The biggest story: Escape from North Korea

In six months of interviews in South Korea and Thailand, The Washington Post’s Tokyo bureau chief, Anna Fifield, spoke with more than 25 North Koreans who lived under Kim Jong Un’s regime and managed to escape.

As life inside North Korea is changing, so, too, are people’s reasons for fleeing. Increasingly, North Koreans are not sneaking out of the totalitarian state because they are hungry, as was common during the 15 or so years following the outbreak of a devastating famine in the mid-1990s. Now, they are leaving because they are disillusioned.

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Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Life inside the totalitarian state View Graphic

Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Life inside the totalitarian state

Another defector told a story of widespread suffering even though he couldn’t speak. A North Korean soldier was shot several

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