Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad

Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad

Melanie Kirkpatrick


From the world’s so much repressive kingdom comes infrequent excellent news: the get away to freedom of a small variety of its humans. it's a crime to depart North Korea. but expanding numbers of North Koreans dare to escape. They move first to neighboring China, which rejects them as criminals, then directly to Southeast Asia or Mongolia, and at last to South Korea, the us, and different unfastened nations. They shuttle alongside a mystery direction often called the hot underground railroad.

With a journalist’s seize of occasions and a novelist’s ear for narrative, Melanie Kirkpatrick tells the tale of the North Koreans’ quest for liberty. tourists at the new underground railroad comprise girls guaranteed to chinese language males who bought them as brides, defectors wearing kingdom secrets and techniques, and POWs from the Korean warfare held captive within the North for greater than part a century. Their conductors are agents who're in it for the money in addition to Christians who're in it to serve God. The Christians see their project because the liberation of North Korea one individual at a time.

Just as escaped slaves from the yankee South knowledgeable americans concerning the evils of slavery, the North Korean fugitives are informing the area concerning the secretive nation they fled. Escape from North Korea describes how in addition they are sowing the seeds for swap inside North Korea itself. when they achieve sanctuary, the escapees channel information again to these they left in the back of. In doing so, they're assisting to open their information-starved native land, exposing their countrymen to liberal rules, and laying the highbrow foundation for the transformation of the totalitarian regime that retains their fellow electorate in chains.

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