Emory’s Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) chapter hosted a documentary viewing last night to shed light on the plight of North Korean refugees.
LiNK was formed in 2004 “with the hope of spreading awareness and effecting real change,” according to the organization’s website.
The documentary titled “Seoul Train” began by presenting the situation in North Korea as “the world’s largest concentration camp.”
The video showed footage of children who had been beaten so many times that their entire arms were a dark purple, some with so many welts they were unrecognizable.
“Seoul” Train followed the lives of three families seeking freedom who must travel through China before entering South Korea.
Underground Railroad Activist Chun Ki-won, who is responsible for 10 percent of freed refugees, warned one family that they had chosen a dangerous path.
“We face trouble here or there either way,” they replied.
Another family, known internationally as the infamous Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the MoFA Seven, chose to apply for asylum at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When they approached authorities with signs that read “We Want Freedom, Help Us,” they were arrested and handed over to the North Korean government. The group was put into a prison camp where it is likely that some, if not all, have died.
“It’s a modern Holocaust,” said LiNK at Emory President Gloria Kang.
She said that the event aimed to raise awareness because it is important for people to know about the situation.
“Because we’re so far away [from East Asia], we are limited in what we can do physically,” Kang said. “Instead, we can spread the knowledge; that’s the first step.”
— Contact Alice Chen