Ms. Bang was just a child when the government imprisoned her father without giving a reason. Suddenly, he was gone. And so, the family struggled on without a father - already poor, they now were desperate.
She had been born early 1970s, in Chungjin, Hamkkyungbookdo. By the time the Great Famine hit the country, she and her younger brother (age 23) and her mother experienced symptoms of starvation, like so many people.
Research shows that symptoms of starvation are severe depression and anxiety. Vitamin and mineral deficiency is another result of a lack of food, and can lead to anemia, diarrhea, rashes, edema and heart failure, among other things. All these things were common in the people of North Korea, and there are common accounts of people were dropping in the streets or just disappearing. Ms. Bang remembers her constant fear, and a period of 5 days where she could not even go outside because of the pain in her stomach and body, due to starvation.
Finally, like many others, she fled to China. This was in the summer of 1999, and she was captured and sold to Han Chinese man. There was no shared language and communication was extremely hard, and she was basically ignored. Her isolation and low status was so painful. Some memories are too hard to share as well.
She was detected as illegal, and forcefully repatriated back to North Korea in early 2000. Again she does not share the terror and pain of this; for many who have suffered these things, it is difficult to speak in detail of the endless pain.
But it is very significant that it was so bad in North Korea that Ms. Bang AGAIN fled in 2003 to China.
Now she was in China again, unwanted and illegal. She remembers the hate and the verbal assault from her neighbor. Living with fear of repatriation (it would be worse this time, she knew) she was increasingly desperate. She was able to find NAUH and has a hope for a life without constant hate and fear. It is almost unbelievable for her, to have this chance.
Now Ms. Bang is on her way to South Korea, desperate for freedom and citizenship. She says “She will do her best on whatever is given to her.” NAUH desires to give her a new life and an opportunity to wake up each day with hope.
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 406 lives.