BENEFITING: North Korean Refugees in the United States
“I, along with many others, have talked about life in North Korea. The North Korean government calls us liars. Look at the facts, use your good judgement, and decide just who is telling the truth.” – Jinhye Jo, President of NKinUSA
Jinhye was a young girl in North Korea, born into a middle-class family. When the famine of the 1990’s ravaged North Korea, her family shrank from eight members (including her grandmother) to three because of starvation, torture, or likely trafficking. Only Jinhye, her younger sister Grace, and their mother survived and eventually escaped to the United States. The three remaining Jo family members now live in the United States, where they founded NKinUSA.
Grace Jo, the vice president of NKinUA, was also born in North Korea where she nearly starved to death as a child. As described above, the Jo family was decimated in the 1990's. Two of Grace's brothers died of starvation and Grace's father was tortured and starved to death. One of Grace’s older sisters went to China to find food for her family, but went missing and was likely sold into human trafficking. Grace was repatriated twice to North Korea by the Chinese government, and suffered imprisonment after she was repatriated. Grace’s mother and one of Grace’s sisters were repatriated four times and suffered torture after repatriation.
The stories of Grace and Jinhye are examples of the plight of North Koreans living under totalitarian rule. Under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-un, the authoritarian government is responsible for widespread torture, substantial malnutrition, diversion of foreign aid, murder, rape, censorship, forced abortion, enslavement, kidnapping, and false imprisonment. NKinUSA is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to help North Koreans fleeing this horrible regime.
Since 2011, NKinUSA has helped rescue North Korean refugees hiding in China and in Southeast Asia. Their refugee rescue program provides basic needs such as food and clothing, transportation to America or another stable country, accommodations once in that country, and other expenses during escape such as fines and fees. When we identify a refugee who needs rescue, we must scramble to secure the funds to aid them. These funds are generally gathered from churches, individuals, and other non-profit organizations, but we need your help. Since 2012, our organization has assisted more than 91 North Korean refugees. In 2016 alone, NKinUSA successfully resettled 30 refugees into more stable countries, including the United States. Your donation will help NKinUSA give these refugees the rights that they deserve.
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