Blog Posts - Defector

10 months of North Korean torture and then transferred to prison camp

Jung Gwang Il is sitting in a comfortable hotel room in Seoul, South Korea, recalling the hell he endured when he still lived in North Korea. He describes something that resembles waterboarding and being shocked repeatedly with live wires. Worse, he...
by North Korea Refugees on Apr 20, 2015

The giant balloons smuggling tech into North Korea

Park Sang Hak, a North Korean defector living in South Korea, risks his life smuggling giant balloons containing technology and news across the border...
by Eastasianews on Jun 5, 2014

Jeong Kwang Il, North Korean defector

The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea was established in March by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate “systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in North Korea.” More than 40 witnesses &#...
by North Korea Refugees on Oct 19, 2013

Defector Cover Reveal

Defector by Susanne Winnacker (Variants #2) Published by: Razorbill Publication date: June 26, 2014 Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Synopsis not currently available. Synopsis for book 1 – Impostor: Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a kill...
by Booky Thoughts and Me on Oct 1, 2013

THE HONORED SOCIETY A Portrait of Italy’s Most Powerful Mafia.

THE HONORED SOCIETY A Portrait of Italy’s Most Powerful Mafia. By Petra Reski. Translated by Shaun Whiteside. Nation Books, paper, $16.99. The Mafia nowadays seems a cartoonish threat, the domain of Mario Puzo and neurotic dons. Reski, a German jou...
by Mafia Today on Mar 30, 2013

The impact of information on North Koreans

North Koreans are indeed getting more information than ever before. Computers, television, DVDs, MP3 players and USB drives have found their way into North Korean hands. While domestic televisions must be fixed to official channels, North Koreans are...
by North Korea Refugees on Jan 30, 2013

China arrests traffickers of North Korean women

Chosun Ilbo reports Chinese police have busted a human trafficking ring that lured North Korean women into defecting and indentured labor or prostitution. Chinese media reports said police in Yanji, Jilin Province, which is home to a large population...
by North Korea Refugees on Jan 17, 2013

Thousands of North Korean cameras on Chinese border

With more and more defectors heading south, Kim Jong-un’s North Korean regime spent $1.66 million on over 16,000 border-security cameras in the first 11 months of 2012, the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports, as he continues to build a...
by North Korea Refugees on Jan 16, 2013

North Korean refugee documentary nominated

A documentary about the plight of North Korean refugees has been nominated for the documentary category of the 40th International Emmy Awards. Titled “Across Land, Across Sea” in English, the documentary was nominated along with works fro...
by North Korea Refugees on Oct 10, 2012

Escape from a North Korean concentration camp

–A brief account byYong Kim, who escaped from a political prison camp in North Korea and after living as a refugee in China, 1 year later arrived safely in South Korea, via Mongolia On September 28, I made a miraculous … Continue reading...
by North Korea Refugees on Sep 30, 2012

Chronicling the escape from North Korea

Christianity Today features a review of Melanie Kirkpatrick’s new book, excerpts following: In Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad (Encounter), Hudson Institute senior fellow Melanie Kirkpatrick labors...
by North Korea Refugees on Sep 28, 2012

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