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 time with his friends and see his girlfriend. In his words, “It was boring if I didn’t go to school.”
However, Jae Chul’s life became difficult after he was put under surveillance following a family member’s escape to China. Tired of being watched and forced to live by the regime’s rules, he decided to try out China for himself. It was in China that he first heard of the option to escape to South Korea and start anew.
Now that Jae Chul is free, he hopes to help other North Koreans escape so that they can experience a life of liberty, safety, and opportunity. He’d also like to help the rest of his family leave North Korea as soon as possible. As far as hobbies go, Jae Chul wants to learn how to play the guitar.