In the early 1980’s, Ms. Lee was born in Onsung, Hamkyungbookdo. As soon as she finished her education degree, all of her training went to waste: she had to work as a dried vegetable vendor. Her family was expelled to another province because of her sibling’s escape to China.
In an article from Reuters, it says “Public executions are carried out for seemingly minor crimes, including the theft of farm produce such as corn and rice…”
In Ms. Lee’s family situation, they simply lost their community and home and relationships, and all hope of a good job - which might seem less extreme. However, they were now homeless in Hamkyungnamdo, south of her previous home town.
No one in North Korea wants to risk helping a family that has been expelled. It was nearly impossible to find a friendly face.
As winter came, it was too cold to be a homeless family. What could she do? She crossed the Tuman River in 2010, and was sold to Han Chinese man 2 years younger than her.
Ms. Lee had lost her hometown and now her family, and now lived with a stranger who was addicted to gambling. There was never enough money for survival, and never enough money for the bills. With no kindness, no hope for friendships, no respect, no family, and no money, life seemed hopeless, so she cut her wrist.
But she says: death was not allowed to her. Many painful details remain private. While she was struggling, she heard about helping hands of NAUH.
We at NAUH want her precious life to thrive in South Korea.
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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)
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