Life as a child was always hard with lack of food, but it was nothing compared to the disappearance of her mother: when Ms. Park turned 12, suddenly Mother was gone.
Ms. Park was born in Yunsakun, Hamkyungbookdo in early 2000. Her mother had always been there, and nothing prepared Ms. Park for her loss. It was doubly hard when her father remarried after only a few months. Ms. Park’s new step mother did not want a loving bond with her.
Daily life included relentless hunger, hard work, and grief over a loveless home. Ms. Park persevered in her schooling, and even before her graduation, she tells us that she started working at anything to survive. She remembers trying to sell a few vegetables, as a vegetable merchant, and also a job making wigs at a factory. These didn’t give her plenty to eat - she says just barely survived.
Longing for her mother never left her. In January of 2019, she crossed the Tuman River to China, where she hoped to find her mother in this vast country; and life in this new country was very surprising to her! She had no idea how developed China was, in comparison to North Korea which is commonly called “the Hermit Kingdom”, the most isolated country in the world.
As a young person with a hungry mind, Ms. Park truly loved being in a country with so many more opportunities and development. But as a person of illegal status, the fear of repatriation was always there. Ms. Park had heard about the terrors of forced repatriation. She actually always slept in full clothing, her fear was so great.
We can’t share more details except that after a long and dangerous journey, she was able to come into our safe home. Ms. Park still longs for her mother, and we, at NAUH, will try our best to reunite her with her mother. Also, her overwhelming desire is to learn, and go to school in South Korea. This hope may come true for her, only because of generous and kind contributions from donations to NAUH.
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 440 lives.