A North Korean Rescue Story Hyeonseo Lee

2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
November 26, 2014

Hyeonseo Lee gives a harrowing account of how she was just seven years old when she witnessed her first public execution in North Korea. She describes how she gradually came to the realization that the regime’s propaganda was based on lies and fear. Propelled by this knowledge, Lee managed to escape to China, but was forced to leave her family behind. She recounts the miraculous story of how she spent 14 long years working to reunite with her family in South Korea. Lee reminds us that the free people of the world have a moral obligation to spread the story of the plight of North Koreans and condemn the crimes committed by the Kim dynasty.