Don’t Forget My Friends

I recently came across a CSPAN video of a September 2012 Hudson Institute panel on North Korea, in which Adrian Hong—co-founder of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)—discusses the true extent of the problem and how it relates to each of us, even if we aren’t Korean or don’t think about the situation there very often. I found it convicting, so I figured I should share it.

Unfortunately, CSPAN doesn’t let you embed, so you can see the 10-min clip here, or you can watch the entire panel (1 hr, 14 minutes) here. The longer version is really great, and at 27:20 gives more context to Hong’s clip.

The panel event marked the publication of the book Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad, by Melanie Kirkpatrick.

On a side note, near the end of the longer segment, North Korean refugee Joseph Kim describes how his first introduction to American culture was seeing Rambo on Chinese television. A friend has been encouraging me to see Rambo for long time and this might have been enough to convince me. Might.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a beautiful message from Joseph Kim’s portion of the panel presentation:

If you can only pray to God, pray for them.
If you can only cry, cry for them.
But please don’t forget my friends…

(Photo credit: Nampho, North Korea)

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