The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 [NIV]
NORTH KOREA FREEDOM STRUGGLE
In preparation for next summer’s Beijing Olympics, China has stepped up its repatriation of North Korean refugees.
In direct violation of international law, China continues to force refugees back to North Korea where they face certain torture, imprisonment and possibly execution.
80% of North Korean women refugees are exploited by human traffickers, or sold into brothels or to Chinese men as ‘wives’ or sex slaves. Once China captures North Korean refugees, they are placed in detention centres and reportedly handcuffed, chained and fixed to a hook on the ground.
There have been a reported 500,000 border crossings over the last ten years but now desperate efforts are being made by both countries to seal the border. For any ships leaving port the engine starting gear must be left behind; no brothers can leave on the same ship and only five litres of fuel may be on board. In Kungghi border patrols now occur every 500 metres as well as CCTV. Elsewhere DPRK border guards patrol with sniper rifles and dogs to track down, apprehend and shoot refugees. Inspection units have increased threefold, which search homes to identify any missing family members.
This weekend the ‘International Protest Against China ‘s violent treatment of North Korean Refugees’ takes place. Protests and prayer vigils will be held at Chinese embassies and consulates in several major cities around the world. Open Doors’ Eddie Lyle, CEO of UK and Ireland , has sent a letter to the Chinese Embassy in London appealing to the Chinese government to stop the abuse of the human rights of North Korean refugees.Open Doors will also be arranging a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London to coincide with North Korea Freedom Week which takes place from 27 April to 4th May 2008.
[Source: North Korea Freedom Coalition]
• That many North Koreans would come to know Jesus Christ and would be strengthened and comforted in their daily struggles
• That significant numbers of North Koreans would successfully escape the country and be free to rebuild their lives in safety
• That China would listen to international concerns and soften its approach.
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