After Ms. Kim and her husband worked andworked at the office, hoping for food distribution that would feed their familyof four, they were full of despair when all promises were broken. Such is the life of the common person inNorth Korea, and even more terrible is the fact that people are not allowed tolegally pursue a second job.
But starvation is a huge motivation, andMs. Kim desperately gathered herbs to sell. She had been born in Yangkangdo, which is close to the Chineseborder. Here, she had an opportunity tosell herbs to Chinese people, though she knew it was just a matter of timebefore she could be arrested and punished. However, starvation was not something she could bear for her family!
Day after day she worked at her office joband she still found the strength, with her own malnutrition and weakness, tosearch for herbs everywhere she could. One day, she was caught.
Now the family was in danger - whatpunishment would be given? All theirbelongings, all their earthly possessions were taken by force! Now, they were not just starving, they werealso reduced to the status of beggars! With this multiple betrayal on the part of the government (brokenpromises of food, and the cruelty of punishment for their desperate attempts tosave the lives of their children) Ms. Kim’s anger grew.
When she was near the age of 30, she didwhat so many do - she tried to escape this country of starvation and sadisticgovernment control. In China, this womanwho was desperately searching for a way to help her family was captured andsold into slavery.
For escapees, the danger of this situationis not just the maltreatment and sexual abuse that North Korean womencontinually face in China; the forcedrepatriation to North Korea is even more feared. Torture stories have been documented of themost evil kind imaginable (equal to Nazi concentration camps).
This repatriation and imprisonment is whathappened to Ms. Kim.
She was caught and returned to NorthKorea, and then she was in prison camp for years in Chakangdo.
“Prisonersare subject to torture and inhumane treatment. Public and secret executions of prisoners, even children,especially in cases of attempted escape, are commonplace. Infanticides(and infant killings upon birth) also often occur. The mortality rate is veryhigh, because many prisoners die of starvation, illnesses, workaccidents, or torture.
The DPRKgovernment denies all allegations of human rights violations in prison camps,claiming that this is prohibited by criminal procedure law, but former prisoners testify that there arecompletely different rules in the prison camps. The DPRK government hasreleased no information on prisoners or prison camps and has not allowed accessto any human rights organization...
It is documented that (anex-prisoner named) Lee Soon-ok gave detailedtestimony on her treatment in the North Korean prison system to the UnitedStates House of Representatives in 2002. In her statement she said, "Itestify that most of the 6,000 prisoners who were there when I arrived in 1987had quietly perished under the harsh prison conditions by the time I wasreleased in 1992."
Ms. Kim may have often wanted to die, butinstead was released with sick bail, which meant that she left prison incomplete broken health - with no medical care. No one would associate with an ex-prisoner, of course, so she faced lifeas a hated outcast.
What life was left for her in this countryof horror? Slowly, she gained somestrength. Again in 2018, now in her mid40’s, Ms. Kim found a way to escape North Korea. We are guarding the details of how she foundNAUH, but we want very badly for her to find comfort, hope and a future.
Her one hope is to find her 2 daughtersand mother, and bring them out of North Korea, and to give them a life ofsafety and non-starvation in South Korea. But first, she must get citizenship. This hope is only possible through contributions from compassionate,generous contributors.
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