Ms. Lee remembers being a child. When so many girls around the world at thatage have a family, and perhaps have the interest of school and friends, or thehope of some small happiness, Ms. Lee instead had lived through the GreatFamine of North Korea, where people could even drop in the street, dying onstarvation. She suffered greatmalnutrition, great pain.
She had been born in HyeruyngHamkyungbookdo in early 1990. Just asthe Famine began to slightly decrease, when Ms. Lee was 13, her mother died. A hard life became harder. A few months later, also her father died in acar accident - she was now alone with her younger brother.
There was nowhere to turn, and at 13, shedid not have the wisdom for all this grief and trauma. It would have been good if a kind personcould have encouraged her, even slightly; they had neighbors who had known ofall the death in the family. Over thenext few years, one neighbor woman reached out and Ms. Lee responded ingratitude. How she needed someone tohelp them!!!
But this neighbor woman did not have kindmotives. She told Ms. Lee that China wasthe answer - there was food and money and hope there. This is how Ms. Lee, at the young and confusedage of 17, was tricked into following the neighbor, across the river toChina.
Before leaving, Ms. Lee carefully madeplans for the care of her beloved younger brother. It wasn’t easy to find out how to do this,because everyone was so poor. But shewas able to bring her brother to her aunt’s home.
The time came to cross the river. It took courage, but Ms. Lee was strong inher decision to sacrifice everything for her brother. Imagine her horror when she saw theneighbor’s face change, from friendly to mean. There in China, the betrayal took place - the neighbor took the moneyoffered to her, and sold her to as Han Chinese man who is 13 years older thanher. A 17 year old, trusting girl wassold to a 30 year old slave owner.
She describes being treated like a piecefurniture, and living like a maid. We know the assaults were degrading. Of course, she never got a chance to send herbrother money. She realized that shewould spend the rest of her life, a slave, and that her brother would neverever know how much she had loved him…
One day, she found a chance to escape, andeventually found NAUH. When she arrived,she begged for help; and now Ms. Lee is on her way to South Korea. Her hope: education, legal status and identification, and the chance to ring herbrother to safety. This hope is possiblebecause of donations from kind and generous people.
Please join us in saving one life at atime.
We at NAUH desire to rescueevery person who appeals to us for help,
but there are times we mustturn 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 contribution, we are saving one life at a time;