The State We're In, 8 September 2012. A propaganda poet from North Korea sees Kim Jong-il wearing elevator shoes then flees the country. A musician celebrates his Congolese roots. And a writer from Afghanistan who risked his life to liberalize his country now drives a cab in Canada.
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When Jang Jin-sung was selected to be the "court poet" by Kim Jong-il, he couldn’t believe he’d actually be working for a "god".
But when he met the supreme leader in person, he saw "god" wearing elevator shoes.
Jang Jin-sung tells host Jonathan Groubert how he decided to flee the country into China and his hope of one day returning home to North Korea – which he believes will be soon.
More: New Focus International - The truth about North Korea by North Koreans in exile.
When Baloji was 3, his mother arranged to have him leave Congo to live in Belgium.
A few years later, his family lost everything in the conflicts raging in the eastern part of the country.
He’s never returned.
Now he creates music to express what he hasn’t been able to say to his mother he hasn’t seen for 25 years.
Editor Greg Kelly caught up with Mir at his home in Hamilton, Ontario, where he now drives a cab.
The job sometimes makes him feel dead. But it also allows him a lifeline... to poetry.
More: Mir’s blog Sun in Exile.