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October 27, 2002 | By Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
ERENHOT, China -- It is their last supper together, and the shepherd has gathered his small flock of North Koreans around a table piled with steaming plates of shredded pork, rice and braised tofu. But the seven refugees are too nervous to do more than nibble. Among them: a woman claiming to be an elite worker in North Korea's nuclear missile program; a muscular former soldier whose heavily scarred arms attest to a previous escape attempt; a woman who had been sold as a bride. Urged to "be strong, be cold," she is leaving her toddler behind.
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October 27, 2002 | By Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
ERENHOT, China -- It is their last supper together, and the shepherd has gathered his small flock of North Koreans around a table piled with steaming plates of shredded pork, rice and braised tofu. But the seven refugees are too nervous to do more than nibble. Among them: a woman claiming to be an elite worker in North Korea's nuclear missile program; a muscular former soldier whose heavily scarred arms attest to a previous escape attempt; a woman who had been sold as a bride. Urged to "be strong, be cold," she is leaving her toddler behind.
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WORLD
March 22, 2009 | Associated Press
The United States has contacted representatives of North Korea about two detained American journalists and is waiting for a reply, a U.S. official said Saturday. North Korea confirmed earlier in the day that it detained the two Americans for "illegally intruding" in its territory after crossing the border from China. Authorities are investigating the two women, who were seized Tuesday, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Jung-yoon Choi
SEOUL - Laos is coming under increasing international criticism for its unusual decision to turn over to the North Korean government nine defectors, most of them homeless teenagers. The young North Koreans were arrested by Laotian authorities May 10 just across the border from southwestern China, in Laos' Oudomxay province. Also arrested were two South Korean missionaries who had been helping the North Koreans in an attempt to reach South Korea. "We have received credible information that the nine young North Korean defectors were subsequently returned to [North Korea]
WORLD
May 7, 2006 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
In a cloak-and-dagger operation, six North Korean defectors arrived in the United States over the weekend in the first effort sponsored by the U.S. government to give political asylum to North Koreans. The State Department has kept tight wraps on the operation, but activists confirmed that the refugees had flown in late Friday and had been taken immediately to an undisclosed location for debriefing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2003 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
As tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program continue to mount, a group of human rights advocates who work with North Korean refugees has been telling American Christians they should help try to bring down that country's Stalinist regime. Norbert Vollertsen, a German doctor; the Rev.
WORLD
March 20, 2009 | Barbara Demick
At a time of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, two American TV journalists and their guide were taken into custody by North Korea while shooting video near the sensitive border region between China and the isolated state. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were on assignment with San Francisco-based Current TV when they were seized Tuesday. The guide, whose name was not released, is a Chinese citizen. Their detention was confirmed by activists who had helped arrange the reporting trip.
WORLD
October 27, 2002 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
SEOUL -- It was bitterly cold in his North Korean village the night of April 8, 1997, Yu Sang Jun recalls. With no heat, he huddled under a flimsy blanket with his 4-year-old son, Chul Yoong. It had been days since their last meal, watery soup boiled from grass. For five days, they had been too depleted to move. Early in the evening, Yu heard the child say: "Daddy, I want some noodles." Father and son drifted back into a hazy sleep. When Yu awoke, his son's body had grown cold.
WORLD
March 30, 2009 | Barbara Demick
A stray dog skitters back and forth on the frozen Tumen River, oblivious to the fact that he is crossing an international border. Gravel and weeds protrude through the thin layer of ice. From the fallow winter cornfields, the North Koreans are so close you can see the large parcels they carry on their backs for lack of motorized transport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Six North Korean defectors -- the first refugees the U.S. has admitted from the totalitarian nation -- arrived in Southern California on Saturday bearing accounts of famine, sexual enslavement, torture and repression. The group was met at Los International Airport by leaders of four large Korean congregations in Southern California, all members of the Korean Church Coalition, which has pushed the government to take in North Korean refugees.
OPINION
September 1, 2009 | By Laura Ling and Euna Lee
We arrived at the frozen river separating China and North Korea at 5 o'clock on the morning of March 17. The air was crisp and still, and there was no one else in sight. As the sun appeared over the horizon, our guide stepped onto the ice. We followed him. We had traveled to the area to document a grim story of human trafficking for Current TV. During the previous week, we had met and interviewed several North Korean defectors -- women who had fled poverty and repression in their homeland, only to find themselves living in a bleak limbo in China.
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