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N. Korea Girl Dies Saving Kim Portraits

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North Korean officials have made a posthumous award to a 14-year-old girl who drowned in a flood as she was trying to save portraits of leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, official media reported on Wednesday.

Han Hyon-Gyong, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from the eastern North Korean province of South Hamkyong, died on June 11 as she tried to take the portraits out of her flooded home, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper said on its web site.

According to the paper, Han’s parents and school teachers also received awards.

The paper hailed the regime “that nurtures such children,” and also mentioned a local farmer whose wife and children were killed in a landslide in 2007 while he was saving portraits of the Kims.
»MOSCOW, June 27 (RIA Novosti)

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Commendations Awarded to Schoolgirl’s Parents, Teachers

Commendations were awarded to parents and teachers who brought up Han Hyon Gyong, fourth-year student of Inphung Secondary School, Sinhung County, South Hamgyong Province, to be a displayer of the spirit of devotedly defending the leader.

The title of Merited Teacher was awarded to Nam Hye Wol, a class teacher, Order of National Flag (First Class) to mother Han Kum Suk and Principal of the School Ri Kyong Sun, Order of Labour to father Han Myong Su and Vice Principal Kim Ok Bun, Order of National Flag (Second Class) to Rim Myong Chol, chief instructor of the school youth league and children’s union committees, and Order of National Flag (Third Class) to Ri Won Il, instructor of the school children’s union committee.

A decree of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly on the commendations was issued on June 23.
»Rodong Sinmun


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