In North Korea, there are a few reasons that place a person in the category which qualify that person to be forced into coal mine labor. The Kim regime decided that Ms. Kang’s family fell into this category, for reasons unknown to us at this time.
Ms. Kang was born in Hamhung city, Hamkyungnamdo in late 1990s. She excelled in her schooling and experienced much academic success there. However, in spite of this, life was not easy, with the stress of her parents and their unending labor in the coal mine. There, they worked under primitive and harsh conditions. Undoubtedly, as a girl, Ms. Kang watched her parents exhaustion and pain.
This confusing discrimination affected Ms. Kang’s schooling as well. In spite of her grades and ability, she was not able to advance her education further to the university level.
This didn’t stop Ms. Kang from learning all she could. Her hungry mind took in education from her grandparents, and she also learned about the outside world through her neighbors, who told her about the “Korean Wave”. For our readers who may not be familiar with this term, the “Korean Wave” is the increase in global popularity of the South Korean culture, which began in the 1990’s. In most recent years the Korean Wave has exploded worldwide.
What a contrast this knowledge was to the desolation and hopelessness of North Korea!
There was another difficulty Ms. Kang experienced. Growing up with parents who were known as coal mine workers, she was very aware of their low social status. She had thought she was not allowed to go to university because of that low social status. Eventually, however, she learned that it was actually the Kim regime itself that blocked her education.
This was shocking. When she realized that, she made a difficult decision to leave her precious family; she ran away to China in November of 2018. It was in China where she says she learned that her grandparents were teaching her the truth.
We don’t have all the details of her time hiding in China, but we know of her deep fear for months before she came into NAUH’s safe house. Like all North Korean refugees, the danger of repatriation was always haunting her. However, NAUH is thrilled that she found the NAUH safe house and now, Ms. Kang is on her way to South Korea.
She said when she gets to South Korea where there is no prejudice against family background, she wishes to enter a University, and make her dreams come true. She says she has a dream, but at this time would not share it with us. Of course, NAUH respects her privacy, and we fully support her in achieving her dream! NAUH also has a dream: to continue to save one life at a time, out of the suffering of life under the North Korean regime. This is only possible because of kind contributors.
Please join us in saving one life at a time.
We at NAUH desire to rescue every person who appeals to us for help, but there are times we must turn people down because of lack of funding.
It costs about $2000 USD to save one refugee life. (Our priority is orphans, women, and men in that order)
Because of your love, we are saving one life at a time;
NAUH has partnered with you so far to give freedom to 437 lives.