Chairman Kim Jong Il said:
“The spirit of defending the leader unto death is an ideological and spiritual feature peculiar to Kim Il Sung’s nation, and the core of their unlimited mental strength.”
In Juche 105 (2016) the strongest-ever storm and heaviest downpour in the country’s records of meteorological observation since its liberation in 1945 hit the area of the Tuman River in the northern tip of the DPRK, inflicting tremendous natural calamities on several cities and counties.
In a terrible disaster at that time the victims of the flood-stricken northern areas of North Hamgyong Province safely took out the portraits of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il from their houses, though they did not save an article of their household goods—this touched the heartstrings of all other Koreans in the country.
Kim Jong Gil saved a box which kept the portraits of the President and the Chairman even at the moment when his beloved wife and daughter were drowned by a strong current of water, while they were crossing the overflowed Yonmyon Stream. When the people of the neighbouring country discovered his dead body with the damp-free box in his chest, they said it was like a legend that they had never heard or witnessed.
And the three members of a youth workteam of a cooperative farm in Onsong County climbed up a tall tree and kept a box by turn in which the portraits of the President and the Chairman were for at least 30 hours. They sang the song of defending the leader and overcame hunger, sleepiness and stiffness. When the people of the neighbouring country saw them, they could not find enough words to express their feelings, but raised up their thumb.
The flood victims saved the portraits of the President and the Chairman at the cost of their lives, including a teacher and students of a senior middle school who sacrificed their lives in defence of those portraits.
A figure from a European country said: This time I got a new impression while looking around the damaged areas of Korea. When the flood hit in the early morning, the victims left their household goods in their houses but took out the portraits of their leaders in their bosom. I was very moved by this story which cannot be seen or heard in any calamity-stricken regions of the world.
The Korean people thought the portraits of their leaders first even when they were caught in the jaws of death and saved them at the cost of their lives. Such facts vividly show the genuine features of the socialism of the DPRK where the leader and the people are united firmly with a feeling of kinship.
Staff reporter Om Yong Chol