Nov. 2: Tour to Discuss North Korean Humanitarian Crisis
For decades, volatile North Korea has been widely considered to be among the world’s most secretive societies. It is one of the few countries still under centralized communist rule. And, while its global security issues generally dominate the headlines, another story is brewing inside the country’s borders.
Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans are enslaved in prison camps today and up to 300,000 have escaped to China – seeking food, medicine, work, or freedom from political and religious oppression. Among those, 70 to 90 percent of North Korean women are trafficked and sold into the sex trade, and more and more refugees are fleeing to Southeast Asia to escape imprisonment upon repatriation from the Chinese government.
To educate the public on the crisis, LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), a U.S.-based grassroots organization devoted to the North Korean humanitarian and refugee crisis, will present “The Reliance Tour” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Kresge Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a discussion and short film titled “Hiding,” a documentary that exposes what life is like for North Korean refugees hiding in China.
The event is sponsored by Augustana Mission for Peace (AMP), a student-led organization.
About LiNK: LiNK provides protection and aid to North Korean refugees hiding in China and, utilizing a modern-day underground railroad through Southeast Asia, rescues refugees and helps them to reach freedom. LiNK’s global grassroots movement seeks to raise awareness of this crisis and provides a way for the international community to take part in bringing about effective change. The organization documents the stories of North Koreans to tell the world about the North Korea crisis through its Movement program, which consists of high school and college Chapters that serve as LiNK’s arms in building awareness across the nation.