MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - A North Korean refugee speaks out after 12 years about her hardships she’s faced and after losing several family members.
Grace Jo has spoken out as she shares her story as a North Korean refugee. Back in 2006, she managed to escape her home after her family members were tortured.
"There are still thousands of North Koreans defectors - children, elders, and women they are dying in the prisons,” said North Korean defector, Grace Jo.
Two of grace's brothers died of starvation. Grace's father was tortured and starved to death. And Grace shared she almost starved to death as a child as well - that’s why today she advocates for her fellow refugees.
"Grace Jo is one of only 200 refugees from
There are currently 217 North Korean refugees in the
Jo serves as a vice president of NK in
"That’s why we believe speaking out to people and to the world is very important to North Korean people who are still surviving in
Now that grace is a
"Freedom is very valuable and I feel like this is a treasure for human beings so we want to grant that freedom to North Korean people too" said Jo.
Jo says she will continue her efforts so others like her - can find a safe passage for freedom.
The Fund for American Studies program hosted this event. And the organization grace works with also helps refugees from