The North Korean woman, who goes simply by “Miss Kim” (because of the danger to relatives still in North Korea if her real name is known), worked in trade before she fled to China. Once in South Korea, she attended the Hanawon government rehabilitation program for refugees earlier this year and is now living in a halfway house learning how to adapt to a new way of life here in the South.
This will be her first time telling her story in public, but she is willing to relive the reality of her experience so that others may get a glimpse of the humanity behind the headlines.
Following her talk there will be a question and answer session.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/NorthKoreaAwareness
For more statistical and background information about North Korean defectors go here.
Recommended reading on North Korea:
The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why it Matters
by B.R. Myers (Haps Interview With Mr. Myers here.)
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick