Saturday, February 11, 2006

Underground Railroad helps North Koreans out of China

Like its namesake, there are people on the ground putting their lives on the line to help refugees. But these are not the only people involved, as the Underground Railroad also requires financial support to help shelter the refugees and get them out of the country. This is where Tim Peters of Helping Hands Korea steps in.

''I'm more of a coordinator trying to match resources with the field people who are the real heroes in this endeavor,'' Peters explains.

Photo: Liberty aborted: A North Korean asylum seeker is wrestled to the ground at the Japanese Consulate in China, while her infant child cries.

The funds and resources Peters raises allow the activists working in China to continue their work and improve the conditions for the North Koreans looking to get out despite the lack of support from governments, including that of South Korea.

[Excerpt of article by Andrew Carroll, Korea Times]

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