calendar>>November 25. 2008 Juche 97
Former Unconverted Long-Term Prisoner Dies
Pyongyang, November 24 (KCNA) -- Former unconverted long-term prisoner Ryu Un Hyong, an indomitable pro-reunification patriotic fighter, died of the illness caused by the enemy's cruel torture at the age of 83 on November 22, Juche 97 (2008).

He was born into a day-laborer's family in Kimhwa County, Kangwon Province, on December 26, Juche 13 (1924). He led a miserable life with bitter sorrow over being a member of a stateless nation during the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule. After President Kim Il Sung liberated the country, he, as a young man, dedicated all his wisdom and energy to the building of a new country and had the honor of being a member of the glorious Workers' Party of Korea.

He worked as an educationist before holding the posts of head of the Youth Department of the Cholwon County, Kangwon Province, Committee of the WPK and chief of an education section of the Information Department of the Kangwon Provincial Committee of the WPK.

He was arrested by the enemy while waging a sacred battle to defend the freedom and independence of the country during the Fatherland Liberation War.

He remained true to the faith and principle to the last as a member of the WPK, not yielding to the enemy's mediaeval torture and base operation for conversion for 34 years behind bars.

After coming into the care of the DPRK, he had the honor of being hero of the Republic, recipient of the National Reunification Prize and respected as a man strong in faith and will. He devoted his all to the struggle to build a great prosperous powerful nation and achieve national reunification true to the Songun revolutionary leadership of the WPK to the last moments of his life with the single-minded determination to repay the WPK's deep loving care and trust.

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