Backstories Behind Daring Attempts To Escape North Korea


Life in North Korea is strange and mysterious to us outsiders, but we do have an idea of how truly horrible it can be. Needless to say, Kim Jong-un isn’t crazy about people leaving his regime, but some people are willing to risk it all for a chance at freedom. Charging over the border into South Korea isn’t an option for most people, and with good reason, so how do they manage to get to safety? Getting into China isn’t enough, and many find themselves traveling through Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand before finally making it to safety. You might be surprised to know that some people, like Charles Ryu, have gotten caught and brought back before finally succeeding in reaching the United States. Joseph Kim found freedom as well, but wonders what happened to his mother and sister who tried to escape to China years before he did. While some hide from North Korea in fear, other activists like Yeonmi Park and Hyeonseo Lee speak out about North Korea and hope to rescue more of their fellow citizens.