Category Archives: LFNKR

Four NK Refugees Safely Rescued

Four Successes

This month (September 2017), LFNKR rescued four refugees from North Korea. Two are the human trafficking victims whom we described in our previous blog post, and the other two are young males, both in their twenties. The two young men began their escape in Foeryong, North Korea. After managing to cross the border, and while hiding in a mountain in China, they luckily encountered a kind ethnic Korean-Chinese man who had come to the mountain hunting for mushrooms. The Korean-Chinese man knew someone who had formerly helped North Korea defectors in Longjin. This connection led to their relocation to safe destinations.

And if you were one of the many donors who helped us to help these refugees, please accept our thanks and the gratitude of the four young people who are free now thanks in large part to your generosity. Thank you.

Day Dedicated to Saving North Korean Refugees

September 22 was World “Save North Korean Refugees” Day

LFNKR sent out Letters of Petition to the Chinese embassy and all the consulates in Japan, urging China’s president Xi Jinping to provide to North Korea refugees who escape into China fair treatment according to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a document which China signed and ratified on September 24, 1982.

3 Young Women Trapped by Human Trafficking

Join Our Rescue Mission!

LFNKR has so far helped more than 200 North Korean refugees escape to safe destinations where they’ve been able to start new lives.

Earlier this week, we received urgent requests from three desperate North Korean women in China. They are all in their early thirties, victims of human trafficking.  Two of them had been sold to extremely poor Chinese farmers in Hebei.

Why one young lady escaped from North Korea

On May 12, 2017, Yong-mee Lee was invited to Tokyo University to present a speech to the students.

Yong-mee Lee is one of the North Korean refugees whom LFNKR (Life Funds for North Korean Refugees) has helped to safely reach Japan and resettle here.  We are very happy to see the growing number of resettled North Korean refugees now helping LFNKR. They are actively participating in our activities to raise awareness of the difficulties still faced by the North Korean people.  The following speech was presented by Yong-mee Lee.

You have just saved another life

Your donations do make a difference

Your support has enabled us to save a 27-year-old North Korean refugee.  On February 23, LFNKR successfully completed the rescue mission to bring Mr. Y.Y. out of China to a safe place.

It has been your generous support and donations that made it possible for him to even dream of freedom.

Five more remaining people still await their chance for rescue.  We are thankful for your concern for these people living at risk.  If you would like to donate to help these five to reach safety, please click through to our donation page.

With sincere thanks,

Hiroshi Kato, Director of LFNKR

Follow-up of Mr. Choi Myung Bok

Choi’s legal status is still pending

On February 13, LFNKR received the following press release from the Human Rights Center “Memorial” in Russia.  Mr. Choi Myung Bok has managed to avoid the deportation.  However, his case is still pending a final decision.

LFNKR sincerely hopes that Mr. Choi will be granted refugee status as soon as possible or alternatively be allowed safe passage to a third country of refuge.

Join Our Christmas Campaign to Rescue 6 NK Refugees

On Nov. 26, LFNKR received a rescue request from a group of six North Korean refugees, one of whom is a 4-year-old girl.  These people are survivors of the heavy flooding caused by North Korea’s torrential rains in late August.  Reportedly, more than 100,000 people lost their homes.

flooded-village-dec-2016-2

Flooded village in North Korea

One LFNKR member visited the China-North Korea border and took photos of the affected area.  The following two photos were taken two days after the flooding.

After their village was completely swept away by the disaster, these six people fled to China, initially searching for food just to survive. Soon afterward they heard about LFNKR and contacted us for help relocating.

 

For more details, refer to: this CNN article

In this Christmas season, with the spirit of giving and receiving, we gratefully thank you for all the assistance you have sent us in the past. And we invite you to join us in helping these six refugees reach safety.

Click here for our donation page:

LFNKR’s 19th ANNUAL MEETING HELD ON OCT. 10, 2016

Annual Meeting Held in Tokyo

A summary of LFNKR activities during fiscal 2015 (Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016) and the plans for the next fiscal year were outlined at the annual meeting.