WONDER WHAT IT’s LIKE TO ESCAPE NORTH KOREA?
We’ve all heard stories about people escaping North Korea for a better life… and today in Seoul, I was able to sit down with one ambitious North Korean girl named Nara, to hear what she went through.
Long story short, Nara escaped North Korea in 2015 by swimming over a river into China. Then she illegally entered Thailand without a passport, where she was thrown in jail for 1 month. After getting in touch with the South Korean embassy, they granted her citizenship and allowed her to move to Seoul.
While it was difficult for her to adjust to South Korean culture at first, she now lives a great life as an actress on TV and making videos for her YouTube and Instagram accounts (@kang_naraa)
This has been a special story for me to create because I spent 4 days in North Korea in 2017 and I got a glance at what society she grew up in… We chatted about everything from her thoughts on Kim Jong-un to the struggles that she faces adjusting to life in South Korea today.
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