September 24, 2021

Ask a North Korean: smuggling goods and helping escapees across the Yalu River

"God, please help me live. Help me not get washed away by the force of the current...."

Hello NK News readers, and welcome back to Ask a North Korean, the feature where NK News readers can send in their questions and have them answered by our North Korean defector writers.

This is Tae-il Shim's second piece for NK News. You can read the story of how he went from being a taekwondo instructor to the "smuggler kingpin" of Hyesan here.