Hyun Woo is in China after escaping the most repressive regime in the world: North Korea. But his journey to freedom has only just begun. He knows that if he’s caught, he’ll be sent back to North Korea and face torture, forced labor, or even internment in a political prison camp. But he can’t make it out alone. This, right now, is Hyun Woo’s time of need. It’s up to us to step up and help him reach freedom and safety.
To protect the security of refugees and their families, we never reveal the real names, photos or stories of active refugee cases. Hyun Woo is a pseudonym representing one of the next North Korean refugees who will be rescued through our networks. Photos shown are of refugees who are already safe, and stories are generic composites drawn from the hundreds of refugees we have already worked with. When Hyun Woo reaches freedom and is safely resettled, we may share more details about their rescue and life in North Korea, but only if they feel comfortable sharing this information publicly. Many refugees choose to keep their stories private because of the risk to their family still inside North Korea.
To read stories and see photos of North Korean refugees who have bravely shared their stories with the public, visit our blog.