Hello, I am Kim Bong Soon, the wife of Choi Yong-hun.
My husband was arrested by the Chinese police in January 2003
for helping North Korean refugees and was sent to prison for
5 years. Today, he remains confined in the Weifang Prison, Shandong
Province, China after serving 46 months of a 60-month sentence.
He suffers from worsening chronic diabetes, hypertension, and
asthma because of the poor living conditions in the prison.
I have repeatedly demonstrated alone in front of the Chinese
embassy in Seoul on behalf of my husband and written to the South
Korean government again and again, seeking his early release.
However, I have as yet received no sincere response from them.
I have been working hard to make a living, but I cannot afford
to travel to China to visit my husband although I desperately
In April 2006, thanks to the kind help from an NGO,
The Voice of the Martyrs, my daughters and I were able to visit
him. Once there, we were allowed to talk with him for only 30
In the 6 months since then, however, we have been unable
to see him again, and I worry about how he is doing. I contacted
the Korean consul in Qingdao, China inquiring about my husband’s
current situation, but have received no detailed updates.
When I visited him in April, he looked ill and was much thinner.
He said he has lost 20kg (44 pounds). I cannot understand why
China still detains him when he is so clearly very sick. The
worry is killing me.
Please help us to gain release of my husband so that he can
get the medical treatment he so desperately needs.
Kim Bong Soon