Having spent 10 years in China in fear and sorrow, her eyes
were full of tears. She had left North Korea at the age of 22 to earn money
for her mother’s medicine.
She reached a new world at the overflowing Mekong River on
Aug 22, 2016.
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go,
and I will bring you back to this land.
I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis, chapter 28, verse 45
July 11, 2016 10:31:25AM
I am a woman living in Dalian, China. I had previously requested
to be rescued through the Durihana Mission’s webpage.
I had received a phone call after posting the request and we had
talked a lot but as I was about to leave I started to become worried and could
not find the courage to actually leave.
My daughter was 2-3 years old back then and she was too young
to be left alone in China. I was also worried about my family back home and
gave up going to South Korea.
Even though you offered to help me and even though my life here
was bad, I tried to survive for my child’s sake.
I had managed to live somehow but now I have come to a point that
I can no longer stay in China as an illegal immigrant.
Starting at the end of last year, unregistered people are being
given the opportunity to become registered (the children that could not be registered
because of the one child policy and other numerous reasons are given to chance
to become registered citizens). I have tried to become registered by claiming
that I was an orphan but they requested 5 witnesses such as neighbors or teachers
that can prove my history or the DNA of my parents if they are alive. Such proof
was hard for me to get.
With General Secretary Xi Jinping’s strict stance against bribery,
my acquaintances were very reluctant to help me and requesting such favors from
them has made my relationship with them awkward. In the process, people that
did not know of my status have now become aware and I am now worried for my
I am scared that I might be caught, should I offend someone with
a minor mistake.
Smartphones have become everyday items and laws are currently
being made to request certification for trains, parcel services, money transfer
and even Internet cafes. It is becoming almost impossible for me to live here.
It was possible to live here a few years ago but now everything
needs certification and this is leading to many complications and threatening
As my child entered school, for parent background checking, I
had to write that her mother had died and had to pretend that I was her foster
mother. It is a very sad situation. As I am writing this, my heart aches.
I have tried to stay in China but now everything requires certification,
I feel like I am being slowly suffocated.
I would like to have a normal life. I would love to learn to drive,
go on holidays with my child without having to live in hiding like a criminal.
It is difficult to express my dire situation through words and
have written this letter after thinking about my situation for a month. I am
very sorry but I ask to be rescued again.
I am sorry that I did not keep my word the last time and hope
to hear from you soon.
Oct 27, 2011. 3:02:58AM
I am a North Korean woman living in Dalian, China. Can I go to
I am living an uneasy life without any identification. I have
tried numerous methods but people are telling me it is impossible. I would be
grateful if your church could help me.
Oct 28, 2011. 12:49:36PM
I am sorry to write again. I am a North Korean woman living in
Dalian, China. I have tried to become registered numerous times but my situation
has still not changed. I wish to live freely as a registered citizen.
I have a 5 year old daughter. I have registered her with her father
during the census last year after paying 20,000 won in fines. The problem is
that since I do not have a birth certificate, I cannot become registered even
if I pay.
Previously I had not considered going to South Korea because of
my child but after living here a few years, I have come to realize that I need
to be registered. I would very much like to solve my nationality problem.
Please trust me and help me. Please reply even if it is not a