Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Crossing Borders

Edit: Here's the link to the interview!

I found out about this too late, but Mike Kim, founder of Crossing Borders was on Anderson Cooper 360 earlier tonight, talking about North Korea. For those of you that don't know, Crossing Borders is a faith-based non-profit that works to restore the lives of refugees from North Korea.

Mike is the author of Escaping North Korea which is an amazing account of the 4 years he spent in the country, helping refugees cross over from North Korea to China while posing as a Tae Kwon Do student. It exposes the inhumane and twisted tactics of the N.K. government through the voices and stories of the North Korean friends Mike made there.

More recently, N.K. has been getting media heat with reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee having been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in the worst of labor camps where they will be faced with much hardship should the negotiations for their release go sour (not to mention the possibility of nuclear war for the rest of us). Though they are in the most frightful of situations, being at the mercy of a psychotic regime, they do have a major world power petitioning on their behalf. But who is crying out for justice on behalf of the oppressed North Koreans?

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