Ji-Yong's Story

A Narrative of a Boy's Journey Into a New World

At just the age of nine, Ji-Yong defected from North Korea to China with his parents. Shortly after, in the midst of poverty and starvation, Ji-Yong witnessed the death of both his mother and father. He was orphaned, without a guardian, and stuck in a country that viciously worked to send defectors back to North Korea. After learning about his story, we worked with a local broker to hire a team to escort Ji-Yong out of China and to South Korea. After a difficult journey, now, Ji-Yong is taking extraordinary strides, graduating from Kumkang School and dreaming about becoming an actor.