Category Archives: Rescue Operation

Freed from Bondage

LFNKR is glad to report that, on Oct. 2, Kim Un-suk (not her real name), a North Korean woman, age 30, reached a safe place where she no longer has to fear repatriation.

Three years ago, Un-suk was sold by a human trafficker to a Chinese man in Harbin. He and his whole family kept her under constant watch to prevent her running away. She was not allowed to go out of his house, not allowed to do anything (except have his baby. She was utterly confined and given no freedom. She said she felt like a bird in a cage.

LFNKR rescue staff had to patiently wait for the right moment to rescue the mother and her baby, and to lead them to a safe place. Mother and child will soon be resettled safely in South Korea.

We sincerely thank you for all the assistance you’ve given.

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.

3 Young Women Trapped by Human Trafficking

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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.

Another 5 still waiting for help

On February 13, the world was rocked by news that Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un, had been assassinated using VX, a highly toxic liquid nerve agent, at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia.  The Sunday Express (British online newspaper), in its March 12 issue, reported that Kim Jong-un is also thought to have personally ordered the assassination of a British national and an American in retaliation for assisting Thae Yong-ho, formerly North Korea’s deputy ambassador to London, when he defected to the West in August last year.

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

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. 

Rescue Mission 613 Successfully Completed

 

Golden Triangle

Famous landmark in Golden Triangle – The Golden Buddha

LFNKR (Life Funds for North Korean Refugees) recently helped the first two of the six North Korean refugees waiting to escape to freedom. These six are the refugees for whom we recently invited donations.

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And it was your generosity that enabled us to help these two. Thank you so much for your ongoing interest and your continued support, and we invite you to help us help the remaining North Korean refugees on our waiting list.

Rescue mission 613 was initiated at the beginning of June, and although it encountered a few unexpected incidents, everything ended well.  Unfortunately, just before the rescue mission began, the identity of the special “guide” originally selected for the task was disclosed in the media. This, of course, meant the guide’s risk of arrest had become too great, so we hurriedly sent in a different guide.