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As rare as it is to even be in North Korea, Lisa saw something even rarer—the inside of a North Korean home. She went into one grandmother's one-bedroom apartment, which she shares with five of her family members. They all sleep on the floor in the living room.

The only form of decoration was posters and framed photos of the current ruler, Kim Jong Il—called the "Dear Leader" by North Koreans—and his father, Kim Il-Sung—called the "Great Leader." Even though the people told Lisa the leaders aren't gods, many seemed to worship them as if they were.

"I was shocked that they allowed us to go into this home," Lisa says. "It was pretty spontaneous. I'm sure that they went to check it out before they actually let our cameras in that same day. Of course they would have never shown me the starvation and the poverty."
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FROM: Exclusive: Lisa Ling Takes a Rare Trip Inside North Korea
Published on October 11, 2006

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