A Difficult but Unrepentant Choice Hui-Jin BAE (Born in 1982)Arrived in South Korea: 27th November, 2003 I was born in Chungjin, North Hamgyong province. My mother was not good at trade, we lived in poverty, even going without a meal for several days. Since I was 15 years old, I started to sell goods in market places. I had to both study and support the family until I was 17 years old. The mone..
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Five Years in South Korea Nan-Ih BYEON (Born in 1980) Arrived in South Korea in May 21st, 2005 In the early 1990s, there were severe food shortages in North Korea. The rampant starvation and struggle to survive forced me to leave. In 1997, I escaped from North Korea. I was then pursued by authorities for five years in China. Fortunately, with assistance from the Citizens’ ..
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I Was a Political Prisoner at Birth in North Korea Dong-hyuk SHINFormer Prisoner at No. 14 Political Prison CampEscaped from the camp in 2, January, 2005Defected from North Korea in 22, January, 2005Arrived in South Korea in August, 2006 My Family Background My North Korean name is Shin In-kun (South Korean name: Shin Dong-hyuk). I was born on 19 November 1982. I was a political prisoner at bi..
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Unforgettable Misery in Hoeryeong Security Agency and Yodeok Political Prisoner Camp* Gwang-Soo KIM (Alias)Former Prisoner at Yodeok Political Prisoner CampArrived in South Korea, in April 2004I was born in Yenji, China, but I used to live in Hoeryong since our family had moved to North Korea when I was seven. My last residence in North Korea was in Gooeup-ri, Yodeok County, South Hamgyeong Prov..
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After Repatriation: Three Years in Yodok Eun-Cheol KIM Former Prisoner at Yodok Political Prison CampSurvivor of the ‘Seven Forced Repatriation Incident’ in 2000Arrived in South Korea in March of 2006On November 10, 1999 seven North Korean defectors including myself were caught by Russian border guards while crossing the Sino-Russian border. At first, after three days of our arrest, the Rus..
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Crossing the Death Line, Craving for Jazz Cheol Woong KIM North Korean Pianist & DefectorArrived in South Korea in the spring of 2003 The following testimony was presented at Press Conference on the 8th of May, Bergen, Norway.I was born on August 15, 1973 in Pyongyang and was brought up in a well-off family. My father worked for the Party and my mother was a professor at a university. In the e..
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The Road May Be Rough, But Go Smiling Yu HwaTeenage North Korean DefectorArrived in South Korea in February 2006The following three accounts are from a conversation with one of the program officers of Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR), after the defectors safely arrived in a third country via China in 2005.I was born in May 1986 in Eunduk of North Ham Kyung Province. My fa..
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If I Could Meet My Parents Again Min Ju Teenage North Korean DefectorArrived in South Korea in February 2006The following three accounts are from a conversation with one of the program officers of Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR), after the defectors safely arrived in a third country via China in 2005.I am older sister Min Ju and was born in June of 1986, and my younger s..
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What a Young North Korean Has To Go Through Won Chul Teenage North Korean Defector Arrived in South Korea in December 2005 The following three accounts are from a conversation with one of the program officers of Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR), after the defectors safely arrived in a third country via China in 2005.I was born in Poong-in, Onsong in North Hamkyong province..
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Freedom Obtained After Being on the Verge of Death (2) KIM YoungDefector Woman from Gaesung, S. Hwanghae Province This testimony was taken in Laos in March of 2005.Caught again by the Security Department, escape again from the labor training corps to the National Security Agency and the escapeAt the labor training corps, I was made the team leader for two months. After one month as the team le..
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