Who Needs More Testimony? Her Escape from North Korea

The emotional speech below is the first Ted Talk by a North Korean.

Hyeonseo Lee fled her homeland when she was 14. Like other North Korean refugees who survived and found safety in South Korea and the US, she is still haunted by memories of what she saw as a child and during her escape.

It’s amazing to me how many people continue to doubt the degree to which North Korea oppresses its people. A few posts I’ve read recently question if any former prisoners have spoken out, as though the testimonies of witnesses like Hyeonseo Lee aren’t enough. OK, I’ll bite:

Check out these resources, which delve into the country’s gulag system and other human rights abuses. The data includes interviews with former prisoners, escapees, and victims inside and outside North Korea.

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