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Escaping North Korea

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Mike Kim, author of “Escaping North Korea” and founder of “Crossing Borders”, will be talking about his work with North Korean refugees in China.

Tens of thousands of North Koreans, having fled famine and dictatorship, now live illegally in China. But China considers them economic migrants, and it’s policy is to track down the refugees and repatriate them to North Korea, which throws them into prison camps or even execute them. A high percentage of the North Koreans hiding in China are women, who are sold to Chinese men as brides.

Kim’s Crossing Borders works with locals to provide safe houses and orphanages. He operated undercover—Beijing has jailed other Americans for the “crime” of helping refugees. Kim has also led some North Koreans to freedom via a clandestine 6000 miles underground railroad that ferries refugees across China to a third country. He has interviewed hundreds of North Koreans and in his book he recounts their experiences of famine, defection, sex-trafficking, and torture in gulags.

This talk will give you a rare inside look into one of the world’s most isolated country – not to be missed!

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