“So that smiling woman in Kaesong had called the secret police to warn them about someone collecting mineral water bottle labels. And they’d called Pyongyang about mineral water bottle labels. And now my guide was scared that I might have collected mineral water bottle labels. Three million people dead of starvation, and these were the national priorities.
— from Happy Birthday, North Korea
Life After Tyranny is Simon Bone’s ongoing project to document places in transition from authoritarian rule to, uh, something else.”
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S i m o n B o n e