Interview with LiNK: An NGO that wants to ‘End the Crisis’

September 11th, 2012
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Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is an NGO focused on both increasing awareness of the human rights situation in North Korea and bringing North Korean refugees out through the ‘underground railroad’ and providing resettlement support.  With a million dollar plus budget, they’re now one of the major players to focus on North Korea in the

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Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll founded NK News in 2010. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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    From Variety’s review of Marc Wiese’s new documentary about Camp 14 and Shin Dong Hyuk : “a scene together with members of Link (Liberty in North Korea), buoyant young Americans interacting as if it’s a weekend bonding
    workshop, creates an odd dissociation. No wonder Shin says at the end that he wants to go back to the camp: He’s so damaged, physically and mentally, that it’s the only place where he understands how to fit in…”

    http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948058?refcatid=31

    Although well intended, this suggests something of the possible flaws in LiNK’s tactics. It also helps answer Myers’ protest that defectors yearn to return to their homeland. This seems less about love of their estranged political system, and more about the nature of inter-generational conditioning, such that even pitiless chains make more sense than manufactured slogans about liberty. If unification comes, this is the yawning chasm to be crossed. LiNK is making a good and committed start, but we will need to listen very carefully to the physical and emotional needs of defectors if we are to avoid doing further harm to those most vulnerable.