Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2013

American Christian imprisoned in North Korea, Kenneth Bae, hospitalized with diabetes and an enlarged heart

Due to deteriorating health, the American Christian who has been jailed in North Korea for the past nine months, has been transferred from the labor camp to a hospital, according to numerous reports.

Kenneth Bae American Incarcerated in North Korea Image/Video Screen Shot

Kenneth Bae American Incarcerated in North Korea
Image/Video Screen Shot

45-year-old Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor for trying to overthrow the North Korean government, has diabetes and an enlarged heart, the BBC reports.

Bae’s sister, Terri Chung said that her brother had until recently been held at a prison for foreigners and put to work plowing and planting fields.

She says her brother is now too weak to work. “We’re terribly worried about his health. I think it has been deteriorating,”she told the KING5.com news website.

Bae was detained in November as he led a tour group through the northern region of the country. In May, the North Korean Supreme Court ruled Bae had used his tourism business to form groups to overthrow the government.

Chung has spearheaded a campaign to get her brother released.

On Saturday, a prayer vigil was held at Seattle’s Quest Church for Kenneth Bae.

Back in May, Rajiv Narayan, Amnesty International’s North Korea researcher warned of the perils of these labor camps–“If sent to one of those detention facilities, Bae would be subject to torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, including forced hard labor and denial of food as punishment, and even the possibility of extrajudicial execution. Many prisoners also die from the sheer hardships of day to day life in the camps, including due to inadequate access to food or basic medical supplies.”

What can you do to help?

You can sign the petition started by Bae’s son, Jonathan,  to secure Special Amnesty for Kenneth Bae.

In the past, prominent Americans including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have traveled to North Korea to try to free detained Americans.



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