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Panorama: Nursing Homes Undercover
EXPOSURE: Undercover: Life and Death in Homeless Hostel
DISPATCHES: Undercover: Britain’s Abortion Extremists
EXPOSURE: Abused and Betrayed - A Life Sentence
DISPATCHES: The Great Benefits Row
EXPOSURE: Saudi Arabia Uncovered
ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled
EXPOSURE: NHS Out Of Hours Undercover
Exposure: The Sham Marriage Racket
Charities Behaving Badly
Exposure: Britain’s Secret Slaves
Faith Schools Undercover: No Clapping In Class
The White Widow: Searching for Samantha
Secret State of North Korea
Exposure: Fashion Factories Undercover
North Korea: Life Inside The Secret State
Undercover Colleges
Forced to Marry
NHS Undercover
Death on the Wards
Britain on Benefits
Banaz: An Honour Killing
Britain’s Hidden Hungry
The British way of death
Britain on the Sick
The Great Ticket Scandal
Landlords From Hell
Dale Farm: The Big Eviction
Can You Trust Your Doctor?
The Big Gypsy Eviction
Landlords from Hell
Train Journeys from Hell
Secret NHS Diaries
Lessons in Hate and Violence
The Paedophile Hunters
Britain’s Secret Slaves
Undercover Social Worker
Post Office Undercover
My Family and Alzheimer’s
Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby
undercover debt collector
mum, dad,
alzheimers and me
how to rob
a bank
undercover mosque:
the return
banatyne takes on
big tobacco
iraq's lost
lifting the veil
undercover mother
afghanistan unveiled
charles: the
meddling prince
undercover mosque
monkeys, rats and
me: animal testing
burma's secret war
britain's rubbish
undercover in
the secret state
gypsy wars
the post
undercover with
new labour
my friend
the mercenary
touts on tour
profiting from
kids in care
third class post
the best for
my child
islam unveiled
iran undercover
the child sex trade
blood and revenge
truth and lies
in baghdad
lifting the veil:
zarmina's story
secrets of the
saudi state
down the tube
unholy war
beneath the veil
looking for ricky
party crashers
bloody foreigners
children of the
secret state
prime suspects &
witness to murder

Children of the
Secret State

Children of the Secret State' is an investigation into North Korea, considered by many as the last Stalinist dictatorship, a hidden and sealed country riddled with propaganda and saturated with hostility to democracy and the West.

Joe Layburn and the Hardcash team discovered a young North Korean, known by the pseudonym 'Ahn Chol', who has been filiming undercover so that the world can see what is going on in his native land: the country where his parents both starved to death.

His devastating footage shows some of the estimated 200,000 street children, mainly orphans, foraging for food in the mud and the gutters, ignored by the adults around them and ignored by the state which claims they are at its bosom.

Joe embarks on a state-run tourist visit of North Korea, revealing vast unoccupied hotels, empty boulevards and countless monuments of Kim Jong II, the county's leader.





Children of the Secret State
Channel 4 Dispatches.

Produced and Directed by Carla Garapedian

Edited by Mel Quigley

First broadcast 19th October 2000.

It seems that the government is considerably more interested in the appearance of wealth and stabilty than it is about the welfare of its youth.

He then speaks to people with first-hand knowledge of the situation in North Korea: a farmer, forced to grow opium to fund the army; an ex-soldier with tales of concentration camps and gruesome executions; and various people who have seen human flesh for sale.

At the end of this film, we could not be sure of Ahn Chol's safety as he had not met our team as arranged, and we feared the worst: if he had been caught filming he would have been imprisoned, and probably executed. But since then we have heard that he returned safely to China. In February 2002 Ahn Chol was awarded the prestigious Rory Peck award for features, for the bravery and quality of his undercover footage.

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