What is it that makes a person reach out to someone they've never met before to lend a helping hand? What is it that makes a person aid others despite the presence of peril?
There are, of course, a number of answers - charity, goodwill, common humanity to name a few - and it's a combination of these mixed with a sense of brotherhood that is leading groups of mostly South Koreans to northeastern China to help North Korean refugees.
While it may be a Korean issue for the most part, there are others involved. One of them is Tim Peters, an American missionary playing a key role in getting the word out about what is going on and getting aid and support to those that need it most.
Peters has been involved with helping North Korean refugees since 1998 through Helping Hands Korea, a Christian mission he founded.
[Excerpt of article by Andrew Carroll, Korea Times]