As the river carried her away from shore, she could barely breathe. She was sure it was the end. She had hoped life would be better in China…
Ms. Park had been born a little more than a decade before the Great Famine. But starvation was already a lifestyle for her and those she knew. After high school, her job did not pay enough for basic food, and she was desperate. She was willing to work, then, in the animal transporting business.
This meant that she walked with the animals about 24 miles a day from Yangkangdo to Hamnamdo. This was excruciatingly hard...but she did get some food. After that, she became a fertilizer merchant, in hopes of surviving. But in 2013, all her belongings were taken by the state police. She was without hope.
It was then that she finally listened to a friend who had been “repatriated” back to North Korea after an escape. This friend insisted that life is still better in China, than in North Korea, land of the starved.
Ms. Park had to believe the friend - after all, this person had suffered greatly for escaping, but still was telling of a better life in China. And that is how Ms. Park ended up trying to cross the river in 2015.
She considers it a miracle that she survived - she made it to shore! She’ll never forget those rapids and the nearness of death.
She was sold to a farmer, and she says that in comparison to starvation and hopelessness in North Korea, life wasn’t bad - until the Chinese police came to crack down on her illegal status in China. In terror of repatriation, she ran away; but even her distant relatives in China would not hide her in their home. Nobody would take the risk of helping her.
And so, after 2 days of wandering she finally came back to her home. She says she learned about the need of legal status in a very harsh way. We aren’t told the details of some of that sadness.
Somehow Ms. Park found NAUH. She has asked us about citizenship in South Korea, and hopes she can have access to a hospital. We will help her settle down in South Korea, thanks to donors who have compassion on those who have suffered greatly in North Korea.
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