It was more than a decade ago that she left, but she retains vivid memories of the smell of the concrete barracks. None said they had experienced it personally. She was impressed with her allocated hairdryer, although infrequent electricity meant she had little use for it.
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For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept on the bottom bunk bed, in a room she shared with more than two dozen women. She was relieved to have the chance to spend more time with her family, but also felt she wasn't equipped for life outside the military and struggled financially.
It may have been a way to boost morale and get more women to think, 'Wow, we will be taken care of. To begin with, buoyed by a sense of patriotism and collective endeavour, the year-old Lee So Yeon enjoyed her life in the army.
One was of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung. Women from poor backgrounds recruited into construction brigades, and housed in informal small barracks or huts, are especially insecure, she says. It's not pleasant.
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So all the body odour seeps into the mattress. Morillot says that when she broached the subject of rape in the army with serving female soldiers, "most women said it happens to others".
A lot of defectors who don't want to be in the media are very critical of 'career defectors'. The second was of his now deceased heir, Kim Jong-il. Many male members of her family had been soldiers, and when famine devastated the country in the s she volunteered - motivated by the thought of a guaranteed meal each day.
At the same time North Korea's government took the unusual step of saying it would distribute a premium female sanitary brand called Daedong in most female units. Every woman was given a small set of drawers in which to store their uniforms. Women ujliette to have slightly shorter physical training regimes - but they were also required to perform daily chores such as cleaning, and cooking that male soldiers were exempted from.
On top of those drawers each kept two framed photographs. On her second attempt, shortly after leaving prison, she swam the Tumen river and crossed into China.
It's worth keeping this in mind. And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with.
Despite this, female soldiers stationed in the countryside don't always have access to private toilets, with some telling Morillot they often have to relieve themselves in front of men, making them feel especially vulnerable. They connect a hose to the mountain stream and have water directly from the hose.
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This would happen over and over without an end. Daily routines for men and women were roughly the same.
Because it's rice hull, all the odour from sweat and other smells are there.