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  • Ryu Ki-ho’s Memoir: In Search of Freedom

    I was born in July 1963 in the Songpyeong District of Chongjin City, North Hamgyeong Province. I worked on a mountain farm before I escaped North Korea. My family was neither of the elite class nor of the bottom class. As my parents were from...

    https://www.eahrnk.org/articles/memoirs/northkoreanmemoirs-ryu-ki-ho
  • Human Rights Crisis

    We believe that every North Korean should be entitled to the freedoms, justice and dignity that we enjoy. It is the abuse of these principles that constitutes a human rights crisis in North Korea today. In North Korea, every one of the thirty articles...

    https://www.eahrnk.org/learn/human-rights-crisis
  • Extract from 'Stars Between the Sun and Moon' by Lucia Jang and Susan Elizabeth McClelland

    The night before I started school, my mother washed my hair and body with laundry soap. I cleaned the dirt from underneath my nails with the same wooden stick I used to pick lice. The following morning, I woke before the others did and tiptoed over to...

    https://www.eahrnk.org/articles/memoirs/lucia-jang-part-1
  • Exclusive extracts from Jang Yeong-jin's "A Mark of Red Honor"

    An alien North Korean escapee in South Korean society and an alien sexual minority in a heterosexual society….this was my identity. Would society accept me? Would I be able to accept myself first? Would I be able to love who I am? Fear washed over me....

    https://www.eahrnk.org/articles/memoirs/jang-yeong-jin
  • Life after Flight: North Koreans in South Korea

    As North Korea has come in and out of the news cycle in recent years, defectors from that country have become vital sources of information on the workings of the regime and what life is really like there. While there is some focus on what North Korean...

    https://www.eahrnk.org/articles/blog/life-after-flight
  • Sung Won's Memoir: Happy Times and Beggars in North Korea

    From an early age in North Korea, people live a routine life while loyalty towards leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il is imposed on them. People tend to ask what my happiest time in North Korea was. It is difficult to remember whether I had a happy...

    https://www.eahrnk.org/articles/memoirs/sung-won-memoir

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