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NBC Washington: Korean American Risks Life to Help North Koreans Escape

posted by Randall

It’s a story so powerful that Hollywood producers are negotiating for the rights to tell Mike Kim’s story, reports NBC Washington.

It was in 2003 when Kim met a North Korean refugee during his visit to China.  She was just 16-years old and had escaped North Korea into China in search for food, only to be abducted by human sex traffickers.

She managed to escape through a modern day underground railroad.  The 6,000 mile secret route runs through China, Laos & Thailand.

It was stories like that that inspired Kim to start the group Crossing Borders.  He sold everything he had to do it. Now ten years old, the organization has helped a thousand people escape North Korea.

“Once you see and meet the people, it’s hard to turn your back on them. “ said Kim.

Kim has told his story in the book, Escaping North Korea.  If producers get their way, that book may someday be turned into a movie.

That would make the 16-year old girl who inspired Crossing Borders very happy.

“If more people know, will more people help us. And I said yes, that’s the idea. And she said please tell my story to as many people as you can.”

This is just one in a series of reports produced by NBC Washington to mark Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. You can see the stories here on NBC Washington.





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