Ms. Lim remembers the day that the angry police took her coal cart, her only method of income. There was no way to understand. What had she done? But in North Korea, these questions cannot be asked of authorities.
Every day consisted of carrying coal to the city of Heryung in her hand cart. It was heavy (for someone malnourished as she was), extremely dirty and tiresome, but it was a small amount of money - and that meant one more day away from starvation. What was her motivation? Her beloved daughter. For her daughter’s sake, Ms. Lim would wake early and begin the hard process of loading coal, transporting it, and keeping it safe. There were no guarantees each day that she would sell to someone. Robbery was common, which added to the danger.
In late 1960’s, Ms. Lim was born in Yusun, Hamkyungbookdo. Life was hard, but nothing compared to the Great Famine. When she was married and with her daughter, she was grateful to try to sell even a small amount of coal. Then, that one shocking day, her coal cart was taken by the police for absolutely no reason. She could make no protest, because that would bring even more punishment and sadness!
The very same day that the coal cart was taken, her daughter had a fever. Now, not only was there no income, but sickness filled the house. There wasn’t anything she could do, because medical treatment was hard to get - and even with a doctor, good supplies and medications are scarce in North Korea.
Ms. Lim watched hopelessly as the fever escalated to meningitis. It was a grief beyond description to watch her daughter die. When they did talk to a doctor, the doctor said it was already too late to do anything.
For Ms. Lim, her reason to fight the battle of survival in North Korea was now taken. With despair, she felt there was only one choice: flee to China where there was a rumor of food and hope.
This mother with a broken heart, full of grief, crossed the Tuman River in July of 2006. We aren’t told details of how she was repatriated back, but when she did, she learned that her father passed away because of an accident at working site. Even with the threat of more punishment, Ms. Lim escaped again to China.
This time, she was sold to a man 2 years younger than herself. She says that this life was better than life in North Korea - until her Chinese “husband” became quadriplegic from an accident. Now Ms. Lim considered this husband, and his parents her only family. With her good heart, she wanted to help this Chinese family financially - but because of her illegal status, she was completely unable to take that risk.
She decided that the only solution was to get legal status in South Korea, so she can work without danger of repatriation to the prison of North Korea - and from South Korea, travel back and forth to China freely.
She said that she wants to make money, and support her Chinese family, the only family she has.
We, the NAUH rescue team, are behind her one hundred percent. Courageous Ms. Lim has a chance at hope, and freedom from repatriation, because of the generosity of donors to NAUH.
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