Publisher: Rowman + Littlefield, 2008.
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From the publisher’s website:
The first of its kind, this book provides a unique inside look into the hidden world of ordinary North Koreans. Mike Kim, who worked with refugees on the Chinese border for four years, recounts their experiences of enduring famine, sex-trafficking, and torture, as well as the inspirational stories of those who overcame tremendous adversity to escape the repressive regime of their homeland and make new lives.
One of the few Americans granted entry into the secretive “Hermit Kingdom,” Kim came to know the isolated country and its people intimately. His North Korean friends entrusted their secrets to him as they revealed the government’s brainwashing tactics and confessed their true thoughts about the repressive regime that so rigidly controls their lives. Civilians and soldiers alike spoke of what North Koreans think of Americans and war with America. Children remembered the suffering they endured through the famine. Women and girls recalled their horrific experiences at the hands of sex-traffickers. Former political prisoners shared their memories of beatings, torture, and executions in the gulags.
With the permission of these courageous individuals, Kim now shares their stories and recounts his dramatic experiences leading North Koreans to asylum through the six-thousand-mile modern-day underground railway through Asia. His unflinching narrative exposes the truth about North Korea, stripping away the last veils that still shroud this brutal dictatorship.
Mike Kim is the founder of Crossing Borders, an NGO that provides aid to North Koreans. He travels and speaks widely to raise awareness of their plight and leads Deloitte’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative. You can visit his website at www.escapingnorthkorea.com.
Chapter 1: The North Korean Mind
Chapter 2: Inside the Hermit Kingdom
Chapter 3: Famine
Chapter 4: Road to Refuge
Chapter 5: Sex Trafficking
Chapter 6: Gulags
Chapter 7: Christianity and North Korea
Chapter 8: Freedom on the Fourth
Chapter 9: Asian Underground Railroad
Chapter 10: Heroes
Chapter 11: Restoring Lives
Chapter 12: The Future of North Korea
Entry on Goodreads.com here.
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