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North Korea’s summer camp for kids sounds nice — until you remember the human rights atrocities

North Korea has been running an international summer camp for children and teenagers for almost 30 years. On Tuesday, it opened its doors to nearly 300 new campers.

It was originally intended to the strengthen the bond between North Korea and other communist countries. Now, though, the camp takes kids from everywhere — Ireland, Russia, Tanzania, even the United States. It’s also open to North Korean children who receive particularly good grades.

Kids can swim at the camp’s beaches, tumble down its massive water slides, sleep in air-conditioned rooms, play video games and watch TV. 

What the reality is for most North Korean kids