As Ms. Kim walked the miles to our safe house with her injured back, she kept reminding herself: “Even old people can walk this kind of walk - SO WILL I.” With extreme pain, she dragged herself out of the house of slavery where she had been sold to a Han Chinese man.
The endless days of abuse at his house had begun when she fled to China for the secondtime, from prison in 2015.
Ms. Kim was born in Hyerung, Hamkungbookdo. Her firstescape had ended in repatriation in 2014. After this first escape to China, while she was in prison camp. Everybody knew what that meant - torture. Her father was completely broken hearted. Then, the army personnel kept coming to her home for bribe money, giving false hope of her return to her father, who had already paid them money. It was all just a corrupt fraud. They had no intention of sending her back to home.
Of course there was no more money at home and her father finally, in desperation, cursed at them. Those words sent him to prison camp too!
And so, Ms. Kim escaped North Korea a second time, endured slavery, and although crippled with back pain, she walked the long distance in search of safety and found NAUH.
She hopes for a refuge from her suffering. This hope is possible because of generous donations from readers like you.
I Will Live - (the story of Ms. Huh)
Ms. Huh was born in 1980 in the countryside of Hyerung. She was the oldest daughter, with a sister and brother. Her mother was a teacher. Teachers in North Korea were restricted of not taking a side job, so money was always tight in her family.
When Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, there was no medicine. Ms. Huh remembers also the spider webs at the hospital, which had no supplies.
Being the eldest, she thought she had to earn money for her mother - and the only way was to go to China. She crossed the Tuman river. In China, she was sold to a Han Chinese who was 18 years older than she was.
She thought about her dear Mother daily, and wept. One day, she was able to contact a person in her town. She heard that her mother already had passed away 2 years ago, and her brother had died of peritonitis while serving in army.
With the death of her family, she struggled with whether there was reason to live. She barely found the strength to escape her slavery in China. As Ms. Huh found NAUH, she felt she had lost everything… but still, she had the will to live.
We at NAUH want Ms. Huh to experience a life of being cared for and loved, a life worth living. This hope is possible because of generous donations from readers like you.
At Age 72, He Still Has the Will to Find a Better Life - (the story of Mr. Kim)
Mr. Kim was born in 1945 in Pyongyang. After he graduated from Pyongyang Bongsoo Middle School, he went to agricultural engineering school in Soonchun. This all happened in the years long before the Great Famine. But Mr. Kim was curious about the outside world. Surely there were places that were not like this dark country where people had so little hope. Living under cruel dictatorship and poverty was still horrible.
Mr. Kim decided to explore China. He went to China, and was caught. He was deported to a farm hidden in the countryside. There, he endured hard labor - from dawn until night. He tried few more attempts to flee, and experienced hard labor in prison camp for 3 years, and other time, worked in coal mine for a year.
The year 2004 was his 4thattempt,andthistimehewasabletocreateapoorlifethatatleastwasn’tinprison,inChina. But by this time, his broken health made life miserable. The constant fear of police questioning also took is toll on his mental health. And so, because his parents are also from South Korea, Mr. Kim had extra motivation to find NAUH.
At age 72, Mr. Kim says ‘I don’t want to die where nobody cares for me. I want to live where my language is used, and where my parents are from.’
NAUH will be with him on his way to South Korea. This hope is possible because of generous donations from readers like you.
I Want To Help My Crippled Nephew, and My Beloved Family - (the story of Ms. Kim)
Ms. Kim was born in Yangkangdo, Heasan. Her mother was a merchant. She didn’t go into detail about how her mother could no longer work, but at that point, Ms Kim and 3 her sisters now worked to feed the family - and they could barely make any money.
Imagine the heartbreak when younger married sister eventually had a paraplegic son. Ms. Kim did her best now to make money for her mother, and for her little crippled nephew. She thought the only way to do this would be to escape to China, where she thought people ate every day.
In 2015, as soon as she crossed the Aprok river, she was caught, and sold to a man who was mute. She begged and begged him for access to a telephone, to call her family in North Korea. Her owner refused, and for three years, she was under the surveillance of this man and his family.
One day, early in the morning, she found her chance to escape She told NAUH her deepest desire is to get funds for her family back home in North Korea...to help them somehow. Helping the people that she loves has given her the strength to do anything she can for them. NAUH can do this because of generous donations from readers like you.
Saving Her Daughters From Insanity and Brutality - (the story of Ms. Kang)
Ms. Kang was born in Eunsan, Pyongannamdo in 1970. After her education, she was placed at the textile factory.
After her mother passed away in 1994, life after that was a horrible struggle.I order to take care of her 2 younger brothers, she became a beggar on the street. The small wages from her textile job could never feed them.
Her only chance for survival, she thought, would be to get money from living in China somehow. But after her escape, she was sold to a Han Chinese man with serious mental illness problem. Not only was he cruel - he also seemed insane.
He assaulted her throughout years, and as his slave, Ms. Kang had 2 daughters with him. She was kept in prison by his surveillance, and also the fear of repatriation to North Korea with all the legendary torture techniques of that kind of prison.
We can’t share details about her escape, but she has come to NAUH’s safe house.
She wants to have legitimate legal status, and get a job in South Korea, so that she can bring her 2 beloved daughters out of China. Will you help these three precious women escape the brutal life they have led? NAUH’s mission is possible because of generous donations from readers like you.
Living 14 Years with the Constant Fear of Being Caught - (the story of Ms. Kim)
Ms. Kim was born in 1977 in Chungjin, Hamkyungbookdo. She lost her father at very young age, and lived with her mother. After her schooling, she was placed at the job site of earthenware factory. No matter how hard she worked, she and her mother were always starving.
In 2005, she fled to China in hope of eating enough food. With the one-child policy in China for so many years, the shortage of women is everywhere - and she was sold to a Han Chinese farmer who is 8 years senior than herself, who then took her as a wife, though she had no legal status. She says her husband was not as horribly abusive as many others. Still, planting beans and corn did not provide money to send her only son, now 13 years old, to school. Life with no legal status, always with the fear of being repatriated, was frightening for her.
For 14 years, she trembled with the fear of being reported and returned to North Korea. There were never any guarantees that she would be able to be there for her son.
When Ms. Kim escaped and found NAUH, she told us of her desire for legal citizenship for herself and eventually her son. She wants the security of knowing she’ll never be caught and thrown into North Korean prison camp. This hope is possible because of generous donations from readers like you.
From Age 12 to 30, the Years of Suffering - (the story of Ms. Kim)
Ms. Kim was 12 when she and her mother fled to China with her mother in 1998. Some of our refugees cannot bear to share the painful details of their stories. This is the case with Ms. Kim, who endured 18 long years of suffering before she was caught and repatriated back to North Korea in 2016.
Back in prison camp, she was serving 6 months of hard labor in Dukchun city. At 4 A.M. the work and abuse began. All the way to 10 P.M., she joined other laborers working on road construction, weeding, and gathering sand.
For food, Ms. Kim was allowed a small amount of corn. Prison laborers are not expected to live long; she witnessed starvation of another prison, and the suicide of another.
We can’t share details of her escape, but she tells NAUH, she desires legal status to protect herself from North Korean prisons, and hopes she can perhaps be a fisher woman. This hope is possible because of generous donations from readers like you.
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 contribution, we are saving one life at a time;
NAUH has partnered with you so far to give freedom to 373lives