February 25, 2024

How N. Korean defectors define ‘freedom’

TNKR-hosted speech contest reveals continued challenges for escapees

As tensions repeatedly rise and fall on the Korean Peninsula, there may be an unwillingness among North Korean defectors to talk about their incredible journey to South Korea and their new lives as South Korean citizens.

Some fear retribution from the North Korean government. Some don’t want to feel alienated from their peers and just want to focus on their new lives. Others would like to share their experiences but lack the confidence to do so, especially in front of an international audience.