James Mawdsley

James Mawdsley served as secretariat to the British-North Korean Parliamentary Group for 2003-2004. He is author of The Heart Must Break: the Fight for Truth and Democracy in Burma (Century, 2002). The delegation visited North Korea from September 24 to October 1, 2005. The views expressed in this article are the author's own and not necessarily those of the delegation.

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The Walled Country: Truth and Lies in North Korea

The service had already begun as we made our way to the front pew of North Korea’s only Catholic church. The choir led the congregation in traditional hymns beautifully sung, and pictures of the Blessed Mother, the Sacred Heart, and the Stations of the Cross were all reassuring. Nevertheless, I felt uneasy. This was the … Read more

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