Empowering North Korean refugees abroad: Programs and Projects

Empowering North Korean refugees abroad: Programs and Projects

After fleeing North Korea, the majority of refugees find themselves in neighboring China, a country that neither provides support or recognizes their refugee status. Many however manage to find thir…

July 17th, 2015
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Helping N. Koreans help themselves

Helping N. Koreans help themselves

Kang Chol-hwan, co-author of The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag, founded the non-partisan think-tank North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) in 2007. Through the raising of awa…

July 16th, 2015
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Generation ‘in-between': Young North Koreans navigate the government, market

Generation ‘in-between': Young North Koreans navigate the government, market

Many people are saying that North Korea is evolving. If so, then how? Professor Kim Sung-kyung at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul proposes a delicate approach regarding social chang…

July 14th, 2015
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From Belfast to Kaesong: Peace campaigner reflects on WomenCrossDMZ

From Belfast to Kaesong: Peace campaigner reflects on WomenCrossDMZ

Even with such a fearsome concentration of firepower on both sides and untold amounts of unexploded ordnance underneath, the Korean DMZ is probably one of the less risky stop-off points in Mairead Mag…

July 10th, 2015
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A new life in South Korea: Afflicted but full of hope

A new life in South Korea: Afflicted but full of hope

Defecting from North Korea is no easy task for those looking for better lives abroad but neither is resettling into a new home once that journey is made, even if the final destination lies mere kilome…

July 3rd, 2015
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Helping North Korean defectors without benefits

Helping North Korean defectors without benefits

Half-Chinese youth defectors have undergone isolation and exclusion in South Korean society, the founder of Durihana church and school told NK News. Chun Ki-won has been working at saving defectors…

June 19th, 2015
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UN sanctions do not affect N. Korea's food, agriculture, trade - Newcomb

UN sanctions do not affect N. Korea's food, agriculture, trade - Newcomb

As North Korea has continued developing its weapons programs, so have sanctions against it grown in depth and complexity. Sanctions measures from the United Nations, autonomous sanctions and safeg…

June 17th, 2015
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Interview: Was the 2000 inter-Korean summit worth it?

Interview: Was the 2000 inter-Korean summit worth it?

Fifteen years ago this month a historic event in the history of post-Cold War Korea took place: the first inter-Korean summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korea’s then-Presiden…

June 16th, 2015
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Families divided by Korean War reunite: An overwhelming experience

Families divided by Korean War reunite: An overwhelming experience

North and South Korea have been unable to reunions for families separated by the Korean War since February 2014, and the last such meetings before that took place in 2010. Of the 129,688 who have r…

June 15th, 2015
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Koreas' Peace Symposium pushes for more engagement

Koreas' Peace Symposium pushes for more engagement

The WomenCrossDMZ International Peace Symposium took place Sunday in central Seoul, attended by the 30 women who made their way across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea on Sunday.…

May 26th, 2015
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Reuniting families separated by Korean War

Reuniting families separated by Korean War

Since the Korean War ended in 1953, millions of people, including more than 100,000 Americans of Korean origin, have been separated and largely unable to contact their relatives in North Korea. Pyong…

May 14th, 2015
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'Frack' North Korea with targeted information: Report

'Frack' North Korea with targeted information: Report

A new report by Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs provides recommendations for U.S. policymakers to pressure the North Korean government into changing from wit…

May 13th, 2015
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Reporting on North Korean defectors, struggling with objectivity

Reporting on North Korean defectors, struggling with objectivity

A reporter who spent years recording the lives of North Korean defectors in China maintained his journalistic objectivity even as he lived among those braving death to escape to freedom. This demea…

May 4th, 2015
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Is ‘The Interview’ putting North Koreans in danger?

Is ‘The Interview’ putting North Koreans in danger?

It has been months since Western audiences got to finally pass judgment on The Interview, the Hollywood satire of Kim Jong Un that sparked frantic debate and controversy leading up to its release. …

May 1st, 2015
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Authors strove to depict North Koreans as they really live

Authors strove to depict North Koreans as they really live

A recently released book on the daily lives of North Koreans grew out of a desire to portray the changing circumstances of the North’s regular people, one of its co-authors told NK News. Rather t…

April 23rd, 2015
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