Ms. Oh and her sister felt like they lived the “life of a mayfly”, or “Kkokjebi”. As orphans, they wandered from market to market, stealing food to survive. They lived on the street, and never knew if life would last beyond the next day.
Their parents had died during the great famine of North Korea. The sisters were born in Hyorung, Hamkyungbookdo in the early 1980’s. Even before the Great Famine, food was scarce; but at least they had their parents for a small sense of stability. That tiny stability was taken when the parents died, and the sisters depended completely on each other - and they lived in the streets with no guarantee of a future meal. The sisters were always reminded that death was around the corner: it was common to see people fall over in the street, from weakness and starvation.
One day, Ms. Oh’s sister advised her to go to China for a better future where there would be no worries about food. But when Ms. Oh escaped, she was caught by human traffickers, and eventually sold to a Han Chinese man 8 years older than herself.
Now, instead of having her sister who was always on her side, she had to take care of the man’s disabled brother, and every menial task in the house. Her life was loveless and frightening. In addition, she was without legal status, and continually at risk of being discovered or “repatriated” back to the prison camps of North Korea which are legendary for their terror.
In 2009, Ms. Oh found a way to escape the house. Now her life of wandering started again - but this time, she was in China, with no sister. She was again a “mayfly”, but she was so alone! Each day was uncertain for survival. There was no true rest, no ability to forget the threat of starvation or the possibility of being caught and returned to North Korea. For years, she barely survived as a day laborer in China. The months stretched into years. All she knew was a life of desperation and rejection.
Ms. Oh said that she was treated as less than the dogs in China.
How amazing that Ms. Oh was able to contact NAUH! She has never had a day of safety in her life. This is about to change, because of our compassionate donors.
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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 449 lives.