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    18 Aug 2015

    Inside North Korea Amazing pictures show how ordinary people try to survive while living in the world's most secretive state (10 Pics)

    These images show the bleak everyday lives of the citizens of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea - from balcony haircuts to bus stop queues and dreary high-rise apartment blocks.
    They give rare insight into life in the secretive dictatorship, and are in stark contrast to pictures released earlier this weekend, showing the glam celebrations to mark 70 years of freedom from Japanese colonial rule.
    The event - staged inside the Demilitarised Zone separating Kim Jong Un's dictatorship from the South - was tauntingly held metres away from South Korean and U.S. soldiers in the truce village of Panmunjom.
    The celebrations were publicly staged by Kim Jong Un to mark the anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat after North and South Korea failed to agree on any joint celebration of the landmark anniversary.Instead, the North brought in select groups of Koreans living abroad and small numbers of foreigners who support Pyongyang. 
     Everyday life: Young and old wait for public transportation at a bus stop in the capital Pyongyang, decorated with images from the North Korean countryside, miles away from the glam celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation from the Japanese colonial rule
     Government approved cut: A man cuts the hair of a young boy at an apartment building in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-Un keeps his citizens under control even when it comes to their hair, with only 28 'government approved' hairstyles to choose from. Men can cut their hair in ten variations of 'short back and sides', with a maximum length of two inches for younger and three inches for older men
     Spot of shopping: A North Korean man looks at items at a stamp shop in Pyongyang. Despite a reported ongoing food crisis in the country, with many in the rural areas struggling, the capital keeps a glossier facade courtesy of it's Dear Leader, Kim Jong-Un
     Daily life: A girl who appears to be wearing a school uniform crosses the road ahead of a shiny car, which appears to be of western make, in Pyongyang, North Korea
     A woman and her daughter walk past a North Korean flag hung on a utility pole as part of celebrations of the Liberation Day in Pyongyang
     Taking a break: A group of workers relax underneath propaganda poster in Pyongyang
     Behind the scenes: A recently filmed time-lapse video, shows the daily reality of residents of Pyongyang using transport
     Big difference: People dance during the celebration of the Liberation Day as the portrait of North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il are seen in the background at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang
     Happy night: A 'conference for national reunification for celebrating the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation' was held in Pyongyang
    Dear Leader: Kim Jong-Un and senior army officers visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang for the anniversary on Saturday
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