“A man should lead an honourable life. Such a life can be called a truly beautiful life,” said Ri Ju Hyok, tunnelling worker of the Hungnyong Coal Mine under the Kangdong Area Coal-mining Complex.
He was once a source of anxiety to his parents, relatives and friends as he deviated from the right path.
“All mothers worry themselves about their children, but my son caused me bitter anguish when he was young,” recalled his mother Kim Yong Sil.
Whenever he became a gossip of others as a bad boy, she nearly died of shame before his class teacher and her neighbours.
Ju Hyok joined the army after finishing his middle school course and kept feeling regret about his past mistakes.
After his demob, he went to a coal mine with fresh determination. Afterwards, amazing news spread through the coal mine.
He took the lead in doing difficult and arduous tasks and became a hard-core worker in fulfilling the production plan.
“It is a mistake to do wrong, but it will be a greater mistake not to start life afresh, I think. I am going to settle down in this coal mine. I will start with a clean slate here,” he wrote in a letter to his mother.
He is now well known to the country.
Less than a month after he volunteered to work at the coal mine, he had the honour of attending the Youth Day celebrations and having a photograph taken with the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un.
That day, General Secretary Kim Jong Un patted him on the back and shook hands with him. He said that he fully supported such young people as Ju Hyok for starting a new life at the most difficult and challenging posts for the prosperity of the country after breaking with their dishonourable past as they felt sincere gratitude to the Party and the socialist system that embraced and brought them up. He also called on Party and youth league organizations to take warm care of the work and life of the young people who volunteered for the areas and units in their charge, support them when they are in a difficult situation and give them a push and guidance when their pace becomes slow so that they can lead the most excellent life.
“I have been reborn. I will dedicate myself to producing more coal for the prosperity of my country,” said Ju Hyok.