Ms. Shim was only 20 when she was sold asa slave to a man in China, when she tried to escape the starvation lifestyle ofNorth Korea in 2013. Before escaping,she had worked tirelessly to try to survive financially, in the marketplace asa “starch merchant”. Noodles takestarch, and she hoped that somehow she might sell enough to get money for adaily meal. However, this was nearlyimpossible - and so she listened to the rumors of food in China, and ran -right into the hands of human traffickers.
Ms. Shim had been born in winter of 1993in Yankangdo. Her parents had divorcedwhen she was only one year old. At thattime, her aunt took her in - but food was so scarce. It is impossible tounderstand the crime that the North Korean government committed against itscitizens during the Great Famine:
Onedefector testified that in 1995, as North Koreans began to die by the tens ofthousands, the Kim regime spent $790 million on a mausoleum for North Korea’sfounder, Kim Il-sung ? which would have been enough to close North Korea’s foodgap for four years.
And so, while the government built amausoleum to glorify Kim Il-sung, the people died of starvation.
And so Ms. Shim grew up with malnutritionlike everybody around her, and at age 20 she chased a desperate dream forfood...and was captured.
The shame and sorrow were horrible! One year later she had a baby son. And whathope was there for this little boy? Neither mother nor son had legal status in China, and yet her slaveowner was enraged that she could not enroll the boy in school when he wasschool-age. The physical beatings weretoo much for Ms. Shim.
She was able to escape and foundNAUH. Her only hope is citizenship; andshe’ll do anything to work hard at a job. This hope is possible because of kind and generous contributions.
Please join us in savingone life at a time.
Weat NAUH desire to rescue every person who appeals to us for help,
butthere are times when we must turn people down because of lack of funding.
It costs about $2000 USD to save onerefugee life.
(Our priority is orphans, women, and men -in that order.)
Because of your contributions, we are saving one life at atime;
NAUH has partnered with you so far to give freedom to 354lives.