How You Can Help
North Korean Refugees

A List of Resources

We deeply appreciate your interest in and concern for North Korean refugees.

If you would like to learn more about the issues and people involved, you can use the list of suggested resources below to help you gain a deeper grasp of the issues.

An excellent way to get involved is to write letters on behalf of North Koreans. Here are a few of the many resources available:

Our links page gives a useful list of websites devoted to Korean and North Korean issues.Our Links Page

Sample Letters:

Amnesty International Letter Writing Guide
This also includes good links to sites with information on human rights)


Embassy Addresses of the DPRK
From the Christian Solidarity Worldwide website


There are Amnesty International chapters in most major cities throughout the world. You might consider joining the one closest to you. If they are not already working actively on North Korean issues, then there is no better time to urge them to start.

If you have friends or colleagues who are interested in North Korean issues, why not organize a study group, or invite speakers in? You don’t have to be a large group to be effective.

If you are interested in organizing a demonstration to protest the Chinese government’s policy toward North Korean refugees, you can usually use the Internet to find the address for The PRC Embassy or consulate in your area.

Chinese Embassy USA:
Chinese Embassy in UK:
Chinese embassy in Tokyo:

Recommended Reading:

Background information from Amnesty International:

Background Reading from Human Rights Watch:

North Korea: Another Country
By Bruce Cumings

Separated at Birth
By Gordon Cucullu

The Two Koreas
By Don Oberdorfer

Aquariums of Pyongyang
By Kang Chol-Hwan

Eyes of the Tailless Animals
By Soon Ok Lee

Movies & Books on North Korea

Dooman River (2010) by Zhang Lu     IMDB reference page     Trailer on YouTube

This movie was made by a Chinese director, possibly part Korean. The story is about two children, a NK refugee and a Korean-Chinese. Previous films by this director have brought good reviews, and this one is reported to have received prizes.

Journals of Musan (2010) by Park Jeong-Beom

This film won the ‘new currents’ award at the Pusan Film Festival this year. It paints a harsh picture of the difficulties a NK defector faces living in SK.

KimJongilia (2009)

Clips from the controversial documentary on Kim Jong Il. The makers of this film encourage local groups to host screenings. More information at the website.

Welcome to North Korea (2001) by Peter Tetteroo and Raymond Feddema

An old documentary on NK. Some reviewers have called it uninteresting, but it can provide useful background info.

Children of the secret state (2000)


A documentary about escaping NK refugees, filmed by LINK, an NGO in the US. They seem to be younger film-makers who have taken a reality TV kind of approach. This differs from the more traditional documentary approach above.

Escaping North Korea (2008) by Mike Kim

Nothing To Envy, a book by Barbara Demick

Jia, a book which relates the story of a girl born in a North Korean political prison.
She escapes with a soldier and becomes an orphan in Pyongyang. It then tells how she escapes to China. The book has received good reviews, though it is not very well known.

North Korea Kidnapped My Daughter, a book by Sakie Yakota.
A very emotional and engaging read.

In North Korea, an American Travels Through an Imprisoned Nation, a book by Nanchu and Xing Hang.
This book is not widely known, but it provides some surprising details, such as how China has missiles aimed at North Korea in the mountains. This book is available on Amazon.


We hope these resources help. Good luck to you and please let us know how things go.

Thank you again for your interest in this vital issue.


2 Responses to Resources

  1. Greeny Park says:


    I have come across your website after researching a few things regarding North Korean foster children.
    I have not been able to find many resources regarding how to go about becoming a foster parent for North Korean orphans in the future.
    Is there an organization based in Korea, China, the U.S., or anywhere that specifically specializes in this? I would very much like to know.
    Thank you.

    • Adminn says:

      Hi Greeny Park,

      Thanks for your question. There are a few groups working to help the street children. These include a number of humanitarian aid workers and several Christian relief organizations.

      In early 2000 our organization, LFNKR, began developing its own private infrastructure to provide orphans with the basics of shelter, education, and medical care. Currently, we shelter approximately 40 children at three sites. Their ages range from 6 to 15 years old.

      For those who wish to become a foster parent, LFNKR offers an Education Sponsorship Program. There are two different levels of involvement. The first level is easy to begin: simply decide how much you wish to donate toward the support of the children, and make your donation through from our Donate Page. Under this arrangement donations are not assigned to any particular child.

      The more advanced option, allowing greater personal involvement, includes exchanging letters with one particular child, and the chance to visit them once each year. This involves a donation of 300 RMB (about US $48 – $50) per child per month.

      For obvious reasons, we are careful never to openly disclose information on these children nor where they are living.

      For your reference, here are a couple of links to posts on our website regarding North Korean orphans.

      All the best,
      Machiko, LFNKR

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