My Impossible Escape from North Korea Ji Seong-ho

2015 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 26, 2015

North Korean refugee Ji Seong-ho shares his powerful story of struggle and survival. He describes growing up during North Korea’s grueling famine in the 1990s, and how he had to exchange coal for food on the black market in order to survive. Ji recounts the horrific accident the cost him his left hand and foot, and the excruciating amputation surgery that followed. He then details his unbelievable journey from North Korea, an incredible 6,000-mile journey that eventually brought him to South Korea. Ji triumphantly ends his story by displaying the crutches he used to escape from North Korea, earning a standing ovation from the audience.