"Oscar," a North Korean trader staying illegally in China, sits in a safe house in northern China, near the North Korean border. Oscar, a former official, obtained a visa to travel to China to negotiate a business deal, but overstayed the expiration date. Though he is from a privileged family, he spoke of extreme hardship inside North Korea, stating that "the children are suffering the most, because when they miss a meal, it’s like they can never recover it. You can’t imagine it until you’ve seen it. Now the children are skinnier again, and they are shorter, even the grown ones are shorter than my generation, the tallest you see is 1.6m. They are so much smaller than you see in China.” (Name changed to protect identity.) Image © Tomas van Houtryve/VII. China, 2013.