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Ri In-mo

Ri In-mo
Born (1917-08-24)24 August 1917
Kimhyonggwon County, North Korea
Died 16 June 2007(2007-06-16) (aged 89)
Nationality North Korean
Known for Political prisoner jailed by the Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Ri In-mo
Chosŏn'gŭl 리인모
Hancha 李仁模
Revised Romanization Yi In-mo
McCune–Reischauer Ri In-mo

Ri In-mo[2] (Chosŏn'gŭl리인모; 24 August 1917[3] - 16 June 2007)[4] was a political prisoner from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). He spent 40 years in jail and under restriction of freedom in the Republic of Korea (South Korea).


  • History 1
  • Works 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Described by the Korean Central News Agency as "well-known among the DPRK people as an incarnation of faith and will"[3] and "a pro-reunification patriotic fighter,"[5] Ri was born in 1917 in Kimhyonggwon County, DPRK. He was "arrested by [South Korea] while fighting as a guerilla in the area of Mt. Jiri"[3] in January 1952 while serving as a war correspondent during the Korean War. Ri served 34 years in prison in South Korea.[6]

Ri was released in 1988 but South Korean authorities continued to restrict his activities. He was repatriated to the DPRK in March 1993 and was reunited with his wife and daughter.[6] Following his repatriation, Ri was in ill health, apparently due to the conditions he experienced in prison.[3] He underwent medical treatment in the United States in 1996.[6] After his health improved, Ri met with Kim Il-sung and his suffering in prison was turned into a propaganda film by North Korea.[7] Ri's numerous public appearance made him popular in the North.[6] However, the film's mentions of hunger strikes – and therefore the suggestion that food in RoK prisons was so abundant that one could go on hunger strike – had the undesired effect of teaching the North Koreans that life in the RoK prisons were not as bad as they had been told by their government.[7]

Ri died on 16 June 2007 and was given a hero's funeral. A statue was erected in his honor in Pyongyang the following year.[6]


  • Ri In-mo (1993). Incarnation of Faith and Will: Notes of Ri In Mo, Former War Correspondent of the Korean People's Army. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House.  
  • — (1994). A Withered Leaf Turning Green. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House.  
  • — (1997). My Life and Faith: Memoirs. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House.  

See also


  1. ^ "Yi, In-mo, 1917-". Linked Data Service Library of Congress. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Agency, Yonhap News, ed. (27 Dec 2002). North Korea Handbook. Seoul: M. E. Sharpe. p. 470.  
  3. ^ a b c d "Ri In Mo, Incarnation of Faith and Will".  
  4. ^ "Ri In Mo Passes Away". KCNA. 17 June 2007. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Learning from Spirit of Ri In Mo, Pro-reunification Patriotic Fighter, Encouraged in DPRK".  
  6. ^ a b c d e James Hoare (13 July 2012). Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Scarecrow Press. p. 327.  
  7. ^ a b Burdick, Eddie (26 May 2010). Three Days in the Hermit Kingdom: An American Visits North Korea. McFarland. p. 300.  
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