South China Morning Post
“Tim Peters, from Seoul-based Helping Hands Korea, said the effects of the tighter security were now being felt in the border areas between China and North Korea, with life for North Koreans in China more dangerous than ever.
“Due to the combined effort of the North Korean regime and China clamping down on border controls, the number of women coming across the Tumen and Yalu rivers is decreasing somewhat,” Peters said.
The Specter of Forced Repatriation from China “I wept bitterly. I knew the punishment that awaited me in North Korea would be severe since I’d left without permission.”
But with the help of Helping Hands Korea’s network of volunteers, Mi-young and another North Korean woman, fled China, slipped into Laos and crossed into Thailand by boat early last month, from where they hope to make the final onward journey to South Korea.
“My life in China was horrible,” she said. “[I want] to go to South Korea for [my] freedom.”
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