• The Moment I Chose Freedom

    September 26, 2019

    For Freedom By: Geum Hyok Kim I remember sitting in an empty apartment. There was nothing. No bed, no chair, no dishes, no clothes. I sat on the floor and stared at the w...

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  • Humans of North Korea: YuSung

    August 15, 2019

    The North Korean government made my entire senior class work in the fields during the planting season. For 40 days straight, we didn’t go to school. We just planted ric...

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  • Finally Free

    November 19, 2018

    I went to Southeast Asia to see where LiNK’s Field Team rescues North Korean refugees. Here’s what I foun d… Refugees must cross terrain like this to reach safety i...

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  • Yoon Ha’s Story: Part 3 – Making it to South Korea

    March 16, 2017

    This is the third part of a three-part story. Read part one about the hardships Yoon Ha experienced growing up in North Korea, and part two about being trafficked in Chin...

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  • Yoon Ha’s Story: Part 2 – Life in China

    March 14, 2017

    This is the second part of a three-part story. Read part one about the hardships Yoon Ha experienced growing up in North Korea that led her to escape. Part three follows ...

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  • Yoon Ha’s Story: Part 1 – Life in North Korea

    March 9, 2017

    Yoon Ha resettled to South Korea through LiNK’s network about a year ago. She recently shared her story with us. This is part one of three. Continue to part two. When I...

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  • Holly & Mia: North Korean mother and daughter

    November 23, 2016

    “When I was young, my mom took me to go see a fortune teller. The fortune teller stared quite forcefully into my eyes, then said that she couldn’t see me—th...

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  • Meet Charles – A North Korean Living in the United States

    November 21, 2016

    Charles escaped from North Korea and made the dangerous journey through China without the help of a rescue network. We met Charles after he resettled in the United States...

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  • Joy’s Story: Part 3 – A Difficult Decision

    June 9, 2016

    When I started living with the Chinese man I was sold to, I thought of escaping after six months. I just did what the Chinese man wanted without thinking about birth-cont...

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  • Joy’s Story: Part 2 – Trafficked in China

    June 2, 2016

    After I finally got picked up by the broker, we got onto a bus. The bus got stopped by Chinese police twice and every time the police came aboard I pretended to be asleep...

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