Cold War childhood: An African dictator's daughter in Pyongyang
SEOUL (REUTERS) - Ms Monique Macias spent 15 years growing up as an exile in Pyongyang, learning how to fire Kalashnikov rifles at the same prestigious military academy where Kim Jong Il earned his first stripes as heir to North Korea's seat of power.
"All my childhood memories start from when I arrived on that plane in Pyongyang," said Ms Macias, the youngest daughter of an African president-turned-dictator.
"I know how Koreans think and how to talk to them because they taught me. They made me."
This week, state media in North Korea criticised a report by a US think-tank on scenarios for the collapse of a reclusive country with a grim record of famine, prison camps and nuclear brinkmanship - an event that Macias sees as unlikely.