All of childhood was under the shadow of Mother’s illness. Ms. Byun remembers the years of unchanging sorrow and the feeling of helplessness as she watched her mother’s battle.
Ms. Byun was born in Heasan, Yangkangdo in the mid 1980’s. When the Great Famine started, what was horribly difficult became impossible. There was no regular food; everybody lived with severe malnutrition, continually bordering on starvation. Even animals disappeared from the country; the sound of birdsong disappeared. It is reported that everything had been eaten. What sick person can survive on grass porridge, the common food of the people at the time?
Her mother passed away after a long battle of illness when Ms. Byun turned 15. Almost immediately, her father remarried. However this didn’t bring relief or comfort; 5 years of pain and difficulty followed for Ms. Byun, who does not give more details about the changes in the family home.
No food, no love, no relief - when Ms. Byun heard about the life changing opportunities in China, “land of rice”, from her neighbor - she made the decision to flee, in spite of the knowledge that any capture and forced repatriation would mean imprisonment and torture.
She crossed the Tuman River in the fall of 2010. She was in her 20’s.
Now Ms. Byun suffered the nightmare of being caught by human traffickers. She was then sold to a Han Chinese man. She shared the fear, horror, and dread that filled her life. She was treated as less than human. The months turned into years.
When she had an opportunity to escape, she risked everything and fled. She had no legal status, of course, and lived a life of being hunted; we don’t know how she heard of NAUH, but when she contacted us, we could see the years of suffering in her.
After she spent even just a few hours with our helpers at NAUH, Ms. Byun’s face brightened up. “Now, finally I feel like I am a human being.” We want you to share our comfort and joy at seeing her face look encouraged, happy, hopeful. Ms. Byun dreams of feeling human - and being safe as a citizen in South Korea. Because of our supporters, her dreams are possible.
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 447 lives.