A FUTURE WITH NO MORE BRUTALITY, NO MOREHIDING - (The Story of Ms. Lee)
Ms. Lee had no parents; her sister tried to raise her in Yangkangdo,after the parents died when she was very young. Life was so hard. The GreatFamine started as she began her teen years, and schooling was nearly toget. How they even survived is a mystery. Both girls suffered severe malnutrition, andwere stunted in growth, as is the norm among North Koreans.
When she was 20, Ms. Lee got married. It was a disaster. Physical assault began right after themarriage, and although divorce is notaccepted well in North Korea, some exceptions are made if authoritiesacknowledge serious violence.
Now she was without a husband, and had nofamily to go back to. The sense ofisolation and poverty was so deep and Ms. Lee was so full of grief andhopelessness. There is so little hope inthe North Korean population; it isusually hard to wake up and face another day.
And so, Ms. Lee decided to flee to Chinain July of 2011. Of course, she fellinto the hands of human traffickers, who sold her into slavery.
As a slave, she lived with a Han Chineseman. Her life consisted of continuallyserving and taking care of his mother and sister who were both in badhealth. Ms. Lee was always in hiding,because she was frightened that the neighbors would report her to the police -and then repatriation would have been her fate. She did not know if she could live through that brutality.
When she found an opportunity to escape,she did. Every moment was a nightmareuntil she found NAUH. This woman, wholived through starvation for years, and who escaped a brutal marriage, also hassurvived 7 years of intense slavery in China. She hope for a life where therewill be no more brutality, no more hiding.
FATHER DIED WHEN HE WAS IMPRISONED FORSTEzALING A BIT OF CORN, SO WE WOULDN’T STARVE - (the Story of Ms. Han)
Ms. Han was born in Pyunganbookdo just afew years before the Great Famine. Her family lived with the sorrow andpressure of constant hunger. The parentsdid everything they could to find food; people were dying everywhere. It was ordinary for corpses to be found inthe streets of so many cities.
One day, the unexpected happened: a thiefcame into the home and stole everything.
Now there was NOTHING left. Father was desperate - to feed the siblings, he stole a small amountof corn.
This was considered a serious crime. And so, Father was thrown into prison. Like most North Koreans, he had healthproblems and had never had any medical care. In his case, it was a stomach problem, and so he begged the police tostop laboring him.
They didn’t listen, in fact, they thoughthe was faking the illness, so they beat him harder. Father died the very nextday.
Ms. Han will never forget learning of herfather’s death. She could never forgetthat he had died in an attempt to feed the family. With a completely broken heart, in 2013, shedecided to escape to China for “a betterlife”. But it would not be a better life- she was sold to Han Chinese 12 yearsolder than she was. This young womannow lived a life of constant assault and hard labor; and of course, she fearedrepatriation to the country that killed her father. For 5 long years, she wept and waited toescape.
The time came, and she found NAUH. Ms. Han is now on her way to freedom, and shewants to get to a hospital. She alsodreams of getting her brother out of North Korea and bringing him to freedom aswell. These dreams are possible becauseof generous donations.
FOR LESS THAN SEVEN DOLLARS - SOLD AS ASLAVE - (the Story of Ms. Hur)
There were 6 people in Ms. Hur’sfamily. Hunger was a way of life inHamkyungbookdo; it was a good day ifeach family member even got a half bowl of porridge. Every day her mother left early to work as amerchant, and returned late - and maybe there would be food.
The Great Famine hit when Ms. Hur wasalmost a teenager. And as she grew, shedesperately wanted to help the family. Rumors of food and opportunity in China were irresistible and Ms. Hurcrossed the Tuman River, risking everything for the hope.
Human traffickers were waiting. Ms. Hur’s screams and cries were not listenedto; for less than 7 dollars, she wassold to a mentally disabled man.
Soon, she lived a life of severe beatingsand hatred. She didn’t speak the Chinese language, and for that reason shewas treated with contempt and brutality. Ms. Hur received a serious back injury with the beatings, but of courseshe could not go to the hospital - she had no legal status! North Korean woman live in continual dread offorced repatriation, if they should be caught in China without legalstatus. And forced repatriation meanslabor camp; and labor camp means severe torture.
Years and years passed, and Ms. Hurcontinued to live with injuries that went untreated… it seemed she would alwaysbe a slave. We can’t share details ofher final escape, for the sake of the safety of others. She says that South Korea is her lasthope. We do know that her one desire isto see the spring as a free woman, in South Korea. Because of donations, this hope may bepossible.
LIFE BEHIND BARS; DRAGGED BY THE HAIR AS A SLAVE - (the Storyof Ms. Jeon)
Every day, Ms. Jeon looked through thebars on the door of her prison, which was the house of her slave owner inChina. Even the window had bars. She had been sold by human traffickers in2010, when she had left starvation in North Korea.
She remembered her husband - how they hadmarried at 20, after her childhood in Hyrung Hamkyungbookdo. She and her husband had worked so hard,trying to build a life together - but had been betrayed, like so many others,when they were not given promised food distribution; and since picking herbs inthe mountain could never feed them adequately, she had gone to China in hopesfor opportunities to still help her husband...
Now, in her life behind bars, she wasdesperate. What happened behind the bars was so horrible as well. More than once, she tried to run away, butevery time she tried, her owner caught her by hair, and dragged her around thetown. The physical pain, though it was huge, could not match the shame andhumiliation. How her heart broke overand over, every day! The sadness of herfate was overwhelming. It was enough tocause a person to feel insane.
Then, one day Ms. Jeon ran and she was notcaught. She ran - and she hid. She found out about NAUH, and is on her wayto South Korea. Her freedom is mixed withso much pain. Perhaps we can help her heal from her deep wounds. She has lost so much. We want to teach her to hope again. This is possible because of generouscontributions.
Please join us in saving one life at atime.
We at NAUH desire to rescueevery person who appeals to us for help, but there are times we must turnpeople down because of lack of funding.
It costs about $2000 USD to save one refugee life. (Ourpriority 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 givefreedom to 389 lives