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Escape: A Family's Journey out of North Korea

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Strand Union Building, Ballrooms

Join the MSU Leadership Institute in welcoming Song hwa Han, Jinhye Jo and Grace Jo to Montana State University. The Han family will share their incredible true story of escape and survival from North Korea while revealing the harsh and brutal realities of life within their native country.

Song hwa Han, Jinhye Jo and Grace Jo are refugees from the Musan Province of North Korea. They lived in a region where hunger was the primary cause of death. Lack of food forced some members of the family to travel to China. This resulted in torture and punishment of Song hwa Han by the North Korean Security Agency. Out of a family of 9, only three remain. Song hwa Han, Jinhye Jo and Grace Jo defected to China and spent 10 years living in conditions of enormous cruelty and suffering.

While hiding in China and seeking repatriation to the United States, the Hans were actively involved in assisting fellow North Koreans in refugee camps. Due in part to their aiding of fellow refugees, and their own escape being discovered by the cooperative governments of North Korean and China, the Hans were imprisoned for over a year in China. In 2008, after ten years of struggle, the United States granted the Han family asylum.

This lecture will illuminate humanitarian issues and adversities facing residents of North Korea. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions to garner further insight from this complex story.

Doors Open at 6:45pm
This event is free and open to the public
Free MSU parking after 6:00pm


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