A North Korean mother has been threatened with jail after saving her two children from a
house fire but allowing portraits of North Korea's leaders to burn. The woman has been placed under investigation by the country's Ministry of State Security after a fire broke out in a home shared by two families in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province, close to the Chinese border. Both sets of parents were out at the time the fire started, but raced back to save their families after seeing smoke. In the process, one set of portraits was destroyed. North Korea demands that every home display paintings of its past leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, and sends inspectors to ensure that they do. If found guilty, the mother is facing a lengthy prison sentence with hard labour.
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Source: N. Korean Mom Faces Jail by Rescuing Her Kids From House Fire While Leaving Kim';s Portrait to Burn
Location: North Korea