In the late 1990s, Mr. Park was born just as the Great Famine swept through North Korea. He was born into a nightmare of desperation, surrounded by people who could only think of the shadow of death, in Yusun Hamkyungbookdo.
All he knew was trauma and hunger. As he got a little older, he was desperate to find some way to earn a little money for food, even if it put him in great danger. The strict North Korean laws against going to China to make money could not stop Mr. Park, whose only alternative was starvation.
And so, when he found an opportunity to be a puppy merchant and to do trade in China, he took the risk of being classified as a smuggler. He knew that he could be sentenced to be put in prison, or execution by gun - but starvation is a strong motivation!
Now, Mr. Park was on the North Korean authority’s blacklist. He was under surveillance 24/7, and because of this, no work site would ever receive him as their worker. The doors to all legal work were now closed to Mr. Park because of the great fear that all the employers had. And yet, if you don’t work in North Korea, you have to go to the labor correctional institution - where you receive “mental reformation” according to the system in North Korea.
Life was an endless circle of being incarcerated, tortured, released, and returned again to the correctional prison. Mr. Park does not remember ever having a proper meal during all these long years of hopelessness. And so, he found a way to escape - and crossed over the Tuman River to China, 4 months ago.
Mr. Park already knew the horrors of the correctional facility. He knew that forced repatriation would be many times worse. The legendary tortures of repatriation were so frightening that he always carried a knife, and kept poison in his pocket - that he could die, rather than go back to North Korea.
Mr. Park found a way into our safe house, and he is on his way to South Korea. What will it feel like to have a nutritional meal? What will it feel like to be able to work at an honest job, earning money for food, without being sentenced to mental torture? All he ever wanted to do was to work hard and earn the right to live. This hope is now possible because of merciful contributions from those who donate to the work of NAUH.
Please join us in saving one life at a time.
We at NAUH desire to rescue every person who appeals to us for help, but there are times we must turn people down because of lack of funding.
It costs about $2000 USD to save one refugee life. (Our priority is orphans, women, and men in that order)
Because of your love, we are saving one life at a time;
NAUH has partnered with you so far to give freedom to 441 lives.