A DEFECTOR'S LIFE IN SOUTH KOREA
Kim is 16 years old and lives in Seoul, South Korea. She looks like any other teenager when you see her shopping in the street. But like 28,000 other refugees, she has escaped from North Korea.One morning in 2011, her mother could no longer bear the misery, lack of freedom and food deprivation, so she and her daughter escaped to seek refuge in the wealthy ultra-modern South Korea. Kim was 10 and had to leave the rest of her family, her friends and her school without even having the chance to say goodbye.
They fled their country in secret by crossing on foot and by night the river making up the border with China. Their journey to reach South Korea took eight long months. After making it to China, her mother used her meager savings to pay smugglers to enter Laos, Thailand and finally South Korea. They arrived in the Land of Morning Calm in 2012.
Photo shows: On the weekend, the girls from the dormitory reunite with their families while Kim often stays behind, alone. She uses the opportunity to rest and read Korean mangas. She enjoys preparing a surprise meal for her friends when they return. She loves to cook with aloe but her guilty pleasure is ice cream. She loves buying a 5-litre container to share with her friends while watching a DVD on Sunday night, before resuming the work week. Kim barely ever talks about her past with her co-tenants. They all have a painful or buried secret they refuse to talk about.
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