Ji Seong-ho is a North Korean defector who grew up during the
country’s grueling famine in the 1990s. In order to survive, Ji would exchange
stolen coal for food on the black market. While taking coal
from a train car in 1996, a malnourished Ji lost consciousness and fell onto
the tracks, losing his left hand and foot when a train ran over him. After a grueling amputation surgery, Ji was left to fend for himself. In 2006, he escaped to South Korea, where he is now a law student at Dongguk
University. Ji is also the president of
Now Action and Unity for Human Rights, where he helps broadcast information
into North Korea and facilitates the resettlement of defectors in South Korea.