February 05, 2023

North Korean prisoner of war dies in South without realizing repatriation wish

ROK authorities refused to allow DPRK partisan Ri Tu Hwa to return to North after she was captured during Korean War

A North Korean woman captured in the South during the Korean War died Monday at the age of 95, never realizing her wish to return to the DPRK.

Ri Tu Hwa was one of a handful of unconverted political prisoners held in South Korea since the signing of the armistice that ended active fighting. She passed away from old age at a nursing home in Gwangju, the political organization Chumo Yeondae confirmed to NK News on Wednesday.