As a child, Ms. Ryu spent most of her days picking herbs and finding edible grass. Her small legs ached as she hunted; she was malnourished like her family. These were the years before the Great Famine, but extreme poverty was still the common way of life. The human stomach can’t digest grass, and human teeth are damaged in the chewing of grass.
But what can you do when there is nothing else?
She was born in Hyerung, Hamkyungbookdo in early 80s. Though she was malnourished and stunted in growth like the rest of the population, after schooling she worked in a small local bar to try to support her parents. Her father had a stroke, and needed medicine desperately. Her job could not bring in the necessary money, of course.
There are no solutions in North Korea for families with medical problems.
And so, Ms. Ryu made the only choice she thought was possible: she crossed the Tuman River to China in early 2000.
She wasn’t even 20 years old when she was sold to Han Chinese man, 14 years her senior. She was a slave, and forced to work; he was extremely lazy.
Of course manual labor wasn’t all that was expected of her, but she does not talk of that easily. Days consisted of endless labor. Part of her work was to take care of his old mother. As she did this, her heart was continually breaking for her own parents. She hoped to send some money back to her parents - would she dare ask? It did not turn out well when she begged for money - her “owner”, in a rage, assaulted her violently.
With a broken heart, she found a way to escape, and eventually found NAUH.
We, NAUH, feel a bond of sympathy with her story, and we value her precious life. We will do our best to help Ms. Ryu out in South Korea.
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 422lives.