Out in the rice fields near Yusun, Hamkyungbookdo, Ms. Nam often fainted with heavy labor. It wasn’t her choice to work there, but she was forced into it. She had always been a small person with limited strength, and of course like everyone else, she had so little to eat. This, combined with heavy labor in a field, was a nightmare for her.
Ms. Nam was born in mid-1980 In Hyurung city Yusun, Hamkyungbookdo. She was placed on a rice plantation after her schooling. Forced labor on rice plantations was called “the Battle of Rice Planting”. In recent years, reports of the North Korea “Rice Planting Battle” involves descriptions of forced participation from students, housewives, and people from every sector of North Korean society (except the elite).
Tiny Ms. Nam remembers, it doesn’t matter how sick she was, she had to be in the ‘Battle of Rice Planting’. Every day she woke up to the promise of unending and inhumane labor.
Like so many, she desperately crossed over the Tuman River in the summer of 2013, with hopes of a better life. Ms. Nam was horrified when she was sold to a man who also lives in plantation in China. Now her inhuman labor would continue.
She remembers crying every night, heartbroken because of the labor she had to do in China as well. Then she had a daughter, whom she loves so much.
Ms. Nam was too scared to go outside of the town because of her illegal non-citizen status in China, but her little daughter who is 6 years old gave her encouragement. The thought of capture and “repatriation” into the horrors of the camp at North Korea, with her daughter, haunted her. What could happen to her beloved daughter there?
Almost unbelievably, she found a way to contact NAUH. Some details are unknown about where she is in the process of coming to safety.
We, the NAUH staff, appreciate your support of love and care for the agony defectors of North Korea. Hope for Ms. Nam and those like her are only possible because of your kindness.
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 439lives.