“At night, we heard pregnant mothers screaming and babies died without ever being able to see their mothers.”
A North Korean defector recently spoke about the horrors she experienced under the dictatorial North Korean regime during a meeting held by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley concerning human rights and the hermit kingdom.
The event, titled “The Terrifying Experience of Forcibly Repatriated North Korean Women,” was sponsored by France, Japan, South Korea, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., according to Fox News.
Ji Hyeon-A, who was tragically sent back to North Korea on three separate occasions by Chinese authorities after defecting, recalled having a forced abortion on her three-month-old unborn baby and witnessing prisoners’ dead bodies being fed to guard dogs, among other horrors. The woman eventually made it to freedom in South Korea.
Ji Hyeon-A pleaded for an end to repatriation and for the civilized world to focus on North Koreans being held prisoner in their own homeland.
“Pregnant women were forced into harsh labor all day,” she recalled. “At night, we heard pregnant mothers screaming and babies died without ever being able to see their mothers.”
At one North Korean detention center, Ji Hyeon-A recalled prisoners starving to death; their bodies were then fed to dogs guarding the center. She also noted that mixed-race babies were not allowed.
The last time Ji Hyeon-A was sent back to North Korea, she was forced to have an abortion. At three months pregnant, the woman was denied any medication and had her baby murdered inside her at a local police station.
“My first child passed away without ever seeing the world,” she recollected, “without any time for me to apologize.”
North Korea is “a terrifying prison and the Kim’s are carrying out a vast massacre and it takes a miracle to survive there,” she said. Invoking the recent North Korean defector who crossed over into South Korea under a storm of bullets from his former comrades, Ji Hyeon-A said his action “represents a dash toward freedom which is a dream of 25 million North Koreans.”
In 2007, Ji Hyeon-A found freedom in South Korea, reuniting with her mother and two siblings. The status on her father remains unknown.
The woman slammed the Chinese government for sending back North Korean defectors, adding that authorities know they are sending the Koreans back to a horrific fate. She illustrated her point with a poem she wrote, called “Is anyone there?”
The poem reads: “I am scared, is anyone there? I’m here in hell, is anyone there? I scream and yell but no one opens the door. Is anyone there? Please listen to our moans and listen to our pain. Is anyone there? People are dying, my friend is dying. I call out again and again but why don’t you answer. Is anyone there?”
China, with the support of Russia and Bolivia, attempted, but failed, to stop the meeting on human rights in North Korea.
Three years ago, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, who was also repatriated by Chinese authorities before making it to South Korea, recalled her experiences in the country and her journey to freedom.
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