Hyeon Soo Lim spent two years and seven months in custody, sentenced to hard labour for allegedly attempting to overthrow the country’s regime

Days after being released from a North Korean prison, a Canadian pastor who spent more than two years in custody has spoken about his ordeal, detailing the hard labour he was forced to carry out and his ongoing battle against overwhelming loneliness.

“From the first day of my detainment until the day I was released, I ate 2,757 meals in isolation,” Hyeon Soo Lim said in a prepared statement handed out before his first public appearance at a church near Toronto on Sunday. “It was difficult to see when and how the entire ordeal would end.”

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