• A Realm of Possibilities: Catching Up with Eun Young and Min Gu

    March 12, 2015

    Eun Young and Min Gu are safely resettled in South Korea and are making lives for themselves in their new society. Our resettlement coordinator, Anna, recently met up wit...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Jong Hyuk

    February 12, 2015

    Jong Hyuk left North Korea with his family to find a better life, but he never planned on it being permanent. He had friends and extended family that he didn’t want to ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Sang Hoon

    February 3, 2015

    Growing up, Sang Hoon didn’t think the outside world was all bad. He saw U.S. aid coming into North Korea and, contrary to what the regime said, he heard that South Kor...

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  • A Day at Work with Ji Min and Hyun Kyung

    January 23, 2015

    Ji Min and Hyun Kyung gave our resettlement coordinator Jihyun a tour of their workplace. Though it was their day off, they showed him how they would usually work so the ...

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  • 2014 Rescue & Resettlement Impact

    December 21, 2014

    This year we had a goal to provide rescues to 100 North Korean refugees and we're happy to announce that we have surpassed that goal. Over 100 North Koreans left lives of...

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  • Starting Fresh: A Conversation with Jin Kyung

    December 11, 2014

    Jin Kyung escaped North Korea after experiencing her own modern-day Cinderella story. Her parents divorced when she was still young, and for a short time she lived comfor...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Min Hyuk

    December 5, 2014

    Min Hyuk has lived alone for nearly his entire life. He grew up in a fatherless home, having been told that his father passed away when he was young. Around age 7 or 8, h...

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  • New Beginnings: A Conversation with Hae Jung & Sue

    December 4, 2014

    Now safely resettled in South Korea, Hae Jung and her daughter are taking steps to acclimate to their new life. Hae Jung is working as a salesperson at a mobile phone com...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Sae Won

    November 14, 2014

    She first escaped to China by herself at the young age of 20 with the initial purpose of earning some money for her family, but also to see something beyond her current w...

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  • Life in Freedom: A Conversation with Brian

    November 13, 2014

    Since resettling in South Korea, Brian's been very busy. He began attending university shortly after he arrived, hoping to become a journalist in the future so he can ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Jae Chul

    November 4, 2014

    Jae Chul had a fairly comfortable life when he was young. He never went hungry and he always looked forward to school. For him, school was a place where he could spend ti...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Joon Hee

    November 4, 2014

    Joon Hee escaped from North Korea many years ago at the age of 26. She crossed the Tumen River in a line with three other young women. ...

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  • My Study Abroad Experience in San Francisco by Joo Yang

    October 30, 2014

    It’s already been a month since I came to the U.S. However, it feels like I’ve been here for many more months. I’m trying to experience and learn as much as possibl...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ae Chan

    October 24, 2014

    After Ae Chan’s mother escaped North Korea, she was sold as a bride to a Chinese-Korean man. It was through this marriage that Ae Chan was born....

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  • Where Is He Now? A Conversation with Min Sung

    October 17, 2014

    Min Sung is a sometimes shy, but gentle and generous person who has worked hard to achieve his dreams since resettling in South Korea. We had the opportunity to meet with...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ga Won

    October 13, 2014

    As a young adult, she never experienced the hardships of the famine because she was in the military and was always given enough to eat. It was only after she was discharg...

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  • Where Is She Now? A Conversation with Hye Won

    October 3, 2014

    Over the next couple months, we'll be visiting with several of our North Korean friends to get updates on their lives since they've resettled, which will be published on ...

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  • Finding Dreams: Donna’s Story

    September 28, 2014

    Since escaping and resettling in the U.S. Donna's gone on to start her own business running a sushi kiosk in a university cafeteria. Though it’s been a one woman show, ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Joo Ri

    September 4, 2014

    Joo Ri never knew what it felt like to be envious of others as a child. Growing up in Pyongyang, daughter to a supervisor at the Ministry of Industry, she had no idea tha...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Yoon Suk

    August 29, 2014

    Yoon Suk has vivid, happy memories of growing up in North Korea. She was raised during a time when state-socialism was relatively functioning, and the government could pr...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Chang Soo

    August 22, 2014

    Chang Soo's struggles in North Korea started toward the end of the famine and spanned for nearly two decades. He found it incredibly difficult to get enough to eat. He di...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Sung Joo

    August 15, 2014

    Thinking back on her kindergarten days, Sung Joo couldn't help but to smile. She remembered how much fun she had going to school and how she used to fight with her sister...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Hyun Mi

    June 10, 2014

    Growing up, Hyun Mi lived a life free of worry, full of fun and laughter. However, as years passed, the onset of famine made getting through each day increasingly difficu...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Kyung Min

    June 5, 2014

    Kyung Min and her family struggled in North Korea. They rarely had enough to eat and often foraged for food. Eventually, Kyung Min escaped to find work in China, but thi...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Jung Ha

    May 30, 2014

    After escaping from North Korea, Jung Ha's mother was sold off three times as a bride under the pretense that she was going to be given a job....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Si Yeon

    May 15, 2014

    Si Yeon often dreamed of living a happy life—a life she said was impossible in North Korea. To survive, she had to engage in market activities like selling MSG, animal ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Jung Sook

    May 13, 2014

    As a child, Jung Sook received lots of love and care as the youngest of the family. She excelled at school and had dreams of studying business....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Young Jae

    May 12, 2014

    Young Jae’s only duty growing up in North Korea was to focus on his studies. Coming from a well-to-do family, he never had to work and even received an allowance that h...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Seung Ha

    March 26, 2014

    Seung Ha’s first thoughts of escape began when her parents discouraged her dreams to study singing and the arts....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Yoo Kyung

    March 19, 2014

    Yoo Kyung had the fortune of growing up in a middle-class family in North Korea....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Da Eun

    March 12, 2014

    Da Eun always wanted a big family, but she and her husband couldn’t afford to have children in North Korea....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet In Ae

    February 26, 2014

    Meet In Ae! She escaped North Korea with her sister at a young age. Now, she's a South Korean citizen and high school student....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Hyun Joo

    February 19, 2014

    In order for her son to escape North Korea with her, Hyun Joo was forcibly sold as a bride in China. ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Duk Jin

    January 21, 2014

    Duk Jin came under suspicion from the North Korean secret police after helping a family member leave the country....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Min Hee

    October 17, 2013

    Sold as a bride to a Chinese man after months of resisting and being held against her will, Min Hee faced many difficulties because of the language barrier....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Mi Hyun

    October 17, 2013

    In her region, women weren’t allowed to wear shorts or earrings until just a few years ago. Things like this and the encouragement of her family led to her eventual esc...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ji Young

    October 17, 2013

    Ji Young set out for China with high hopes of working and making money only to learn soon after arriving that the woman who had given her food had arranged for her to be ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Tae Woo

    September 19, 2013

    Years before Tae Woo’s escape, his father, too, once crossed the North Korean border. In search of food for Tae Woo and his three sisters....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ji Yeon

    August 26, 2013

    Ji Yeon had a very rough childhood. Her mother gave her up at a very young age....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Song Hyun

    July 25, 2013

    Nine-year-old Song Hyun has traveled further in his short life time than most of his fellow North Koreans....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Hae Eun

    July 22, 2013

    Hae Eun’s family raised goats, bees, and foraged for mountain herbs and vegetables to sell at the market. ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Nae Rae

    July 18, 2013

    Prior to her escape, Nae Rae lived a relatively comfortably life in North Korea. Although she was neither hungry nor faced with hardship, she feared that she would be una...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Sarah

    July 3, 2013

    Sarah is both bright and charming. She plans to resettle in South Korea with her husband and infant child....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Hae Jin

    July 2, 2013

    When she was 9 years old, Haejin’s family home burned down. With nowhere to live, they were forced to live a nomadic lifestyle, staying with different families....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Marie

    June 20, 2013

    Marie escaped North Korea and found herself hiding in China, still not quite free. She connected with LiNK and made the choice to resettle in the United States....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Jinwoo

    June 20, 2013

    When Jinwoo sees North Korea programming on television now, he changes the channel immediately, but he didn’t always feel this way....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Nathan

    June 20, 2013

    Though he experienced extreme oppression, hunger, and isolation from the outside world, he was not motivated to leave the country until he married and had his first son. ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Bo Ram

    June 20, 2013

    In North Korea, Bo Ram was sent to a gymnastics school when she was eight years old. Students were made to do vigorous exercise in spite of the lack of proper nutrition o...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Young Joo

    June 20, 2013

    Traveling halfway across the world to live in a country where she didn’t know many people or fluently speak the language took much courage! ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Sun Young

    June 14, 2013

    Hardened by the imprisonment of her husband and a famine that left her family starving in the 1990’s, when Sun Young one day found that she had unknowingly crossed the ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ae Ra

    June 14, 2013

    Ae Ra is a talented musician. Now in her late 20s, she has studied music since she was a child. She plays the flute, piano, and guitar....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Dae Jung

    June 12, 2013

    As one of our older clients coming through the underground to freedom, it is incredibly inspiring to see the optimism and hope that Dae Jung has for the future....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ben

    June 11, 2013

    Ben, an energetic 10 year old boy, lived apart from his mother for three years while she desperately tried to find a way to bring him out of China....

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ji Min

    June 10, 2013

    Ji Min has one thing he'd like to say to Kim Jong Un: "I wish you could just find some way to turn the common people into kings."...

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  • Meet Hae Sun

    April 9, 2013

    Hae Sun had to learn how to take care of herself very early on. She spent many of her teenage years as a salesgirl on North Korean trains...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Brian

    July 30, 2012

    Brian lived a charmed life in North Korea- loving family, university education, and a full stomach, but life became increasingly hard for his family....

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  • Meet Ella

    July 25, 2012

    As a teenager growing up in North Korea, Ella was solely responsible for her family....

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  • Meet Suji

    July 24, 2012

    The day that Suji became an orphan she was standing with her older sister at the river that separated North Korea from China....

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  • Meet Kyung

    July 23, 2012

    Kyung lost both of her parents and was raised by her loving grandparents as their sole grandchild....

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  • Meet Cate

    July 21, 2012

    Throughout her childhood, Cate always struggled to find food - she remembers being constantly hungry....

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  • Meet Minji

    July 20, 2012

    Min-Ji is around 11 years old. She was left on the streets in North Korea at a very young age. She has no idea what her real name is....

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  • Meet Kim-Lan

    June 28, 2012

    Kim-Ian ate one meal a day and lacked adequate clothing despite her parents constantly working to support their three children....

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  • Meet Moon-Su

    June 19, 2012

    Moon-Su spent many months at this orphanage but eventually, with the help of a friend, built up enough courage to escape...

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  • Meet Hyun-Ji

    June 3, 2012

    My father went out with a lunch box to pick mushrooms. All of a sudden he said his head hurt,...

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  • Meet Jung-Hee

    April 29, 2012

    Jung Hee resorted to picking plants in the mountains in North Korea after the police shut her down for selling goods....

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  • Meet Michael & Donna

    April 14, 2012

    Michael and Donna recently escaped North Korea with their young daughter (Isabel). ...

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  • North Korean Refugee Stories: Meet Ji Sun

    April 11, 2012

    Jin Sun is a petite, wiry-framed girl with a big personality. She had a privileged childhood as the daughter of a successful doctor...

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  • Meet Min Sung

    August 28, 2010

    Min Sung told us that the hardest part about escaping from North Korea was to leave his family....

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  • Meet Yoon-Hui

    August 28, 2010

    Instead of attending school as a child, Yoon-Hui worked in the fields to help her ailing mother and father survive....

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  • Meet Yae Jin & her baby

    August 28, 2010

    Yae Jin was able to find true love in China. She was sold to her husband's family, but unlike the other husbands, he was kind and affectionate to her....

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  • Meet Mi-Sun

    March 11, 2010

    Mi-Sun was rescued in 2010 and is safely resettled in the United States...

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  • Meet Ki-Won

    February 11, 2010

    Ki-Won was rescued in 2010 and is safely resettled in South Korea...

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