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.
Only having arrived a few months ago, Marie is not sure what her thoughts are on the States yet, but she’s enjoying it so far. Just weeks after resettling, she got a job working in the kitchen of a sushi restaurant and is really enjoying her job. She loves and appreciates the fact that she gets paid for every hour she works. Thanks to Marie’s commitment to learn English, she is able to have casual conversations at work.
Life is just getting started for Marie but already she feels safe for the first time since leaving North Korea.
UPDATE: July 2013
Though it has been only a few months since Marie arrived in the US and began working in a sushi restaurant, she has already been promoted to sushi chef assistant. Marie now has a chance to interact with the customers and practice her English skills. She takes their orders and says with great ease words such as tuna hand roll, crunch roll, California roll, and more!
Work is tough and Marie must adjust quickly but she tries to take things one step at a time. It’s not easy to work seven days a week but it’s the only thing she can do right now to save up for the day when she is able to see her children again.