In early 1960s, Ms. Kim was born in Bochunn Yangkangdo. From very young age she suffered from a heart and stomach disease. Education on medical issues is not easy for the ordinary citizen of North Korea - she only knew that those organs weren’t functioning well, but she did not know the details of her illness. Pain was a way of life for her.
Then the great famine hit the country, and it was even harder to get a pain killer. With all of her might and will, Ms. Kim escaped to China in the hope of getting some sort of help. She crossed over the Aprok River in 2010, and was sold by human traffickers to a poor farmer in a small town.
Now she was captive as an undocumented alien. The most difficult threats were made by her “husband’s” friends. They kept intimidating her, threatening to call Chinese authorities concerning her repatriation. What kind of pleasure could they get from watching her fear?
She was tortured mentally by their threats to the point that she had to find an escape. She was able to run away from the home to get our help.
Ms. Kim arrived in our safe house now, and is preparing for the arrival in South Korea. She can hardly imagine sleeping without the fear of being returned to North Korea and the legendary torture of the repatriation camps.