Further to the National Geographic piece on Refugees from North Korea which I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’d like to highlight just one practical way in which you can make your voice heard.
Open Doors are running a campaign to speak out against China’s forced repatriation of N.K. refugees. It is a great tragedy that China forcibly return refugees to a country where leaving is a capital offence. As a result, not only are many refugees returned to face potential execution, but the stance of the Chinese Government means that female refugees who aren’t caught, unable to declare their status, are often forced into the sex slave trade. Open Doors claims that 70% of N.K. women refugees are forced into brothels or sold as sex slaves or wives (source)
Just as we condemn the Allies for knowing about Auschwitz and doing nothing about it so will our children condemn us for knowing something of the terror that goes on in North Korea and refusing to engage with it, instead ignoring the information and living selfishly in denial.
When you kids ask what you did to liberate the people of North Korea, what will you say?
Start here – not to ease your conscience but rather to take action – by sending a letter to the Chinese Ambassador asking her to urge the Chinese Government to change its policy of forced repatriation.