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"I Was a Broker" (37)
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"I Was a Broker" (37)


RYU Sang-Joon

North Korean defector and activist 

Entered South Korea in 2000



The next morning, I went to meet Kim Sung-Nim from Free North Korea Broadcasting Station, but he was out. However Candace from the Broadcasting Station greeted me brightly. Candace has always been concerned with North Korean refugees and often prayed for them. Candace seemed to be in a good mood. Kim Sung-Il returned in a bit and I thanked him for working for my freedom. He chuckled and comforted me. He was busy at the Station, greeting guests and taking care of business. In the afternoon I saw Missionary B, Jung Do-Ma and Kwang-Il. B was same was always and told me that I must have suffered a lot after looking at my shaven head. B seemed to be overcome with joyous laughter but held it in. While in prison, I had worried about B the most, but everyone seemed healthy. Kwang-Il got married in November and B seemed proud of the once teenage boy that now had a family in South Korea. B asked the specifics of what had happened to me and told me that they had been worried about me after news from me was cut off. Those working in China had worked hard to find me and prayed in tears on my behalf. There were trustworthy people in China and their faith was sturdy. While we were working in China, we helped each other and actively supported refugees with a near zealous fervor. I had met great people such as B who were a beacon light in the darkness, leading me toward the Lord, and providing me with joy and happiness. When I had set out on my mission, determined to do all that I could for refugees, I had no one supporting me and nowhere to ask for help. I wasn’t associated with a church, organization, or individuals. I simply thought that there would be a way and when I was tired I hoped that people of the Lord would appear and help me. I want to thank Park Cho-Young deaconess, whom I had met 5 years ago, Yu Sun-Um who had given me money despite of her own hard situation, Yu Kwang-Il, who worried for my well-being and told me that he would pay for my insurance if I signed up for one, and Tim Peterson who wanted to help me. I could never forget them. I also wanted to thank Citizen’s Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, who I had sought out with only the through of preventing refugees from coming back to China from the third country. They didn’t know me but helped me. Their mission was the life, safety, and human rights guarantee of refugees and worked with such beautiful dedication. They worked tirelessly until they could guarantee the safety of refugees. Citizens’ Alliance for NKHR Kim Young-Ja Secretary General had provided love and quiet support for those who made it to South Korea safely. These people didn’t want recognition but faithfully followed their paths like true people of Christ. I want to deeply thank them for believing in me in times of hardship, for praying for me, and for helping me with financial and emotional support. There are many refugees still hiding out in China. Some escaped, unable to withstand the hunger, and some left from no longer able to survive under Kim Jung-Il’s dictatorship. The refugees living in China have been the victims of immoral Chinese policies against defectors and could never find a peace of mind. They live in various parts of China facing hard labor, violence, and forced prostitution, forced into sex slaves. Yet defectors face an even bigger threat than death—repatriation and the Chinese Public police are all too eager to capture defectors of all sex and ages. China knows the truth about the refugee situation better than anyone yet they refuse to grant asylum, instead they continue to prosecute these refugees at a criminal degree. There are about 23 million refugees in the world from various countries. They live with the support and protection of the UN after moving to a safer country, having escaped from financial and political turbulence. In this modern world, it is a crime against humanity to arrest, exile, and imprison refugees at a national level, and a crime against morality to harm refugees, and forcefully repatriate them. The refugees in China are not calling out for human rights, but they are calling out for the right to live. These refugees may be brothers, sisters and friends, but they are human beings first and foremost. Their rights to life as a human being must be protected. The lives of these refugees are precious as all human lives are. Their hopes and dreams of a life worth living must come true.




Wishing for the safety of these refugees from the bottom of my heart,


Ryu Sang-Jun