Do You Want to Go and Work in North Korea*?

By Tom Pritchard on at

Are you tired of Western decadence? Tired of the imperialistic capitalist culture forced on us by America? Do you wish you could live in a place where life is hard, and those in power are always watching to keep you in line? Well good news! There's a job opening in North Korea.

That's right North Korea is hiring due to, and I quote, "a series of recent defections, deaths, and disappearances that were in no way suspicious." Vacancies are opening everyday, and for recent graduates it's probably a nicer way to get a career going.

There's even a recruitment video:

It'll be hard work with basically no pay, but rather than being told to be grateful for the experience you'll get the chance to see and explore a part of the world only a handful of people have been to. Perfect for rubbing in the face of that one person who took their gap year travels far too seriously, as long as you aren't executed for dissidence first.

As you've probably figured out by now, North Korea isn't actually hiring.

I doubt Kim Jong Un would advertise through LinkedIn, and he probably wouldn't make reference to the country's "world-famous secret prison camps." I also found this advert because I follow a Kim Jong Un parody account on Twitter. The same parody account that's been pestering Kanye West to be his 'Minister of Culture and Sports.

The whole thing is actually a joke designed to raise awareness for North Korea's repeated human rights abuses, masterminded by Tomic Lee, an advertising specialist based in Seoul. Attempting to apply to the job will take you to a donation page for Liberty in North Korea, a charity that raises money to help refugees safely escape through China - where authorities have been known to recapture refugees and send them back to face punishment.

While making jokes about a horrific situation might seem rather inappropriate, there is a reason for it. Speaking to the BBC, Lee said:

"A lot of organisations talk about the story in a very serious way - because of course a lot of people die and get tortured. But that means that people get tired of hearing it and they begin to avoid it. "So we try to approach it in a slightly different way to get through to people and raise awareness. And humour works really well with North Korea. There's no other country or leader like it."

So don't feel guilty for laughing. Not too guilty anyway. Maybe throw them a few quid if you can.