Freedom Obtained After Being on the Verge of Death (1) KIM YoungDefector Woman from Gaesung, S. Hwanghae ProvinceThis testimony was taken in Laos in March of 2005.Exiled to the Yusun mine in childhood due to family background My hometown is Woljung-ri Panmun-gun Gaesung-gun. When I was 8 years old in 1968, I moved to Hyoreung. I was happy to take a train for the first time in my life since I ..
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A Teenage Girl’s Flight from North Korea (2) OH SoonNorth Korean Defector Date of Entrance to South Korea : March, 2005I was born in Musan, North Hamgyeong Province, North Korea in August of 1984. As the famine worsened, my mother left North Korea in August 1997 to save the family (she had already divorced her husband due to domestic violence). A month later she returned home to take me and..
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A Teenage Girl’s Flight from North Korea (1) Lee Min OK Defector Woman Date of Entrance to South Korea: June, 2005I was born in Hoeryong, North Hamgyeong Province, North Korea in 1983. After the food rations dried up, we lived off corn porridge and my mother went to China. With my father, elder sister (Sun), and little brother (Nam), I have done all kinds of work since I was 13. We have sol..
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NORTH KOREA: LAND DEVOID OF HUMANE LIFE Young Soon KIM NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR DATE OF ENTRANCE TO SOUTH KOREA: NOVEMBER 2003Family storyI was born on Xita Street in Shenyang, China on May 26, 1937. Around the age of 4, we moved to Beijing and lived in the Wangfujing Dongdan Street district. At the time, my father worked as a construction worker for Ohkuragumi in Beijing and my mother as a coo..
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THE HARDSHIPS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN Young Hee PARK NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORDATE OF ENTRANCE TO SOUTH KOREA: DECEMBER, 2001Restrictions on marriage due to class differences I was born in Ryanggang-do(province), and my father was from the South. It was difficult for me to get married due to my family background. At the time, because it was so difficult just to make a living, P'yongyang men..
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I WITNESSED INFANTICIDE IN NORTH KOREA Sun Ja PARKNORTH KOREAN DEFECTORDATE OF ENTRANCE TO SOUTH KOREA: MARCH, 2002My name is Park Sun-Ja (name changed for protection purposes). I was born in Hweryong, North Hamkyong Province, North Korea in March of 1977. My father was a factory worker and my mother was an ordinary housewife. I was the only girl in my family, and after finishing a two-year j..
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THE PLIGHT OF CHILDREN IN NORTH KOREA Kwang Il PARKNORTH KOREAN DEFECTORDATE OF ENTRANCE TO SOUTH KOREA: SEPTEMBER, 2001IntroductionFirst of all, I would like to thank the representatives of numerous national and international human rights organizations and the rest of you who are present at this international conference. I was born in North Korea and escaped to China in October 1998 due to my l..
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BEYOND THE CONTINUOUS TRIALS OF DEATH Hyuk KIMNORTH KOREAN DEFECTORDATE OF ENTRANCE TO SOUTH KOREA: SEPTEMBER, 2001I was born in Chungjin, North Hamkyung Province, in January 1982. At that time most people could eat rice and there were no one who ate gruel or starved to death. People were very kind and neighbors helped each other in times of need. People were also strongly united under Kim Il-..
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SIXTEEN YEARS IN NORTH KOREASun Young KOHNORTH KOREAN DEFECTORDATE OF ENTRANCE TO SOUTH KOREA: NOVEMBER, 2002Almost all of my memories of North Korea until I left when I was sixteen are of my life in school. Eleven years of education is compulsory in North Korea: one year of kindergarten, four years of primary school and six years of senior middle school. Sometimes I miss fishing and skating o..
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SOLD AND SOLD AGAIN…Choon-Ae KIMFormer Inmate at Hwaryong Border Detention CampArrived South Korea, JUNE 20031. The Beginning of Tragedy Having escaped Pyongyang, my birthplace, in 1997, I arrived in South Korea on June 15, 2003. My children were sold into slavery in China, and I witnessed human trafficking firsthand on many cases. In North Korea food distribution started to end in 1995. In Py..
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