6,000 Miles to Freedom

Ji Seong-ho
Asia-Pacific and South Asia
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To survive the devastating famine of 1990s, Ji Seong-ho had to scavenge coal from train cars to exchange for food. One day, he lost consciousness from hunger and fell onto the tracks, losing his left foot and hand when the train ran over him. In 2006, he escaped North Korea, and after a grueling 6,000 miles long journey, made it to South Korea. There he founded Now Action and Unity for Human Rights (NAUH), an organization that broadcasts information into North Korea and facilitates resettlement of defectors in South Korea. He told the story of his journey at the OFF in NY.

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