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 both the death of his mother and father. Ji-Yong was alone, orphaned, and stuck in a country that viciously worked to send defectors back. After learning about his story, we gathered a team to escort Ji-Yong out of China to safety in South Korea. Just months before his arrival, Ji-Yong could only think about how he would get his next meal without getting caught by Chinese authorities. Now, Ji-Yong is taking extraordinary strides, graduating from Kumkang School and dreaming about becoming an actor. 

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