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Secret Worship: N. Korea Defector Tells of Survival

Some North Koreans have escaped from the Communist country and its human rights violations. Kim Eun Jin is one of those survivors. Read Transcript


Reporter: HER NAME IS

KIM EUN JIN, AGED 31.

SHE WAS BORN IN PYONGYANG,

NORTH KOREA.

HER TESTIMONY IS RARE.

THE C.I.A. ESTIMATES SOME

24 MILLION LIVE IN THE

COMMUNIST COUNTRY, AND ABOUT

2% ARE CHRISTIANS.

JUST A HANDFUL OF THEM HAVE

ESCAPED FROM THE BUDDHA

REGIME AND LIVED TO TELL

THEIR STORY.

KIM IS ONE OF THEM.

GROWING UP I WAS TOLD BY

THE AUTHORITIES THAT THERE

WAS NO GOD IN THIS WORLD.

WE WERE ORDERED, INSTEAD, TO

WORSHIP KIM JONG-IL, THE

LEADERS OF THE COUNTRY.

Reporter: FREEDOM IS

GUARANTEED UNDER NORTH

KOREA'S CONSTITUTION, BUT IT

IS NEVER ENCOURAGED.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING A

BELIEVER IN NORTH KOREA.

WE MET EVERY SATURDAY

EVENING.

OUR FAMILY MET IN THE BACK

ROOM OF OUR SMALL

APARTMENT.

WE HAD TO BE VERY QUIET.

WE WHISPERED WHEN WE SANG OR

READ THE BIBLE.

WE OFTEN COVERED OUR HEAD.

Reporter: GROWING UP,

SHE HEARD STORIES ABOUT HOW

HER CITY, PYEONGCHANG, WAS

ONCE KNOWN AS THE JERUSALEM

OF THE EAST.

IN 1935, 13% WAS CHRISTIAN.

HALF A CENTURY LATER, KIM'S

FAITH MADE HER A TARGET.

Reporter: MY PARENTS

OFTEN ASKED ME TO STAY

OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT ON

SATURDAYS, TO MAKE SURE NO

ONE WAS COMING WHILE THE

FAMILY PRAYED INSIDE.

Reporter: OVER TIME,

THE MEETINGS GREW TO INCLUDE

A FEW FRIENDS AND EXTENDED

FAMILY.

Reporter: WE HAD ONE

BIBLE IN THE HOUSE.

MY GRANDMOTHER, WHO WAS A

BELIEVER FROM THE JAPANESE

IMPERIAL TIMES, HAD A

CHINESE BIBLE.

SHE TRANSLATED A BIBLE BY

HAND IN KOREAN LANGUAGE ON

PIECES OF PAPER.

THAT'S HOW WE READ THE

BIBLE.

WE FOUND STRENGTH IN THOSE

PAGES.

Reporter: BUT SOON THE

AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THAT

HER FATHER WAS A SECRET

BELIEVER.

MY FATHER WAS A TAILER IN

TOWN, AND WE BELIEVE THEY

PLANTED LISTENING DEVICES IN

HIS SHOP AND ON HIS

CLOTHES.

Reporter: IN 1985,

MS. KIM'S FATHER WAS

ARRESTED, ALONG WITH AN

UNCLE.

BOTH MEN PROBABLY ENDED UP

IN ONE OF THE SIX LABOR

CAMPS IN NORTH KOREA.

DO YOU REMEMBER THAT DAY?

THE DAY MY FATHER WAS

ARRESTED, I WAS AT SCHOOL,

BUT I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT

DAY.

HE HUGGED ME BEFORE I LEFT

FOR SCHOOL.

AND LIKE EVERY OTHER DAY, HE

REMINDED ME TO BE CAREFUL.

EVERY MORNING AT THE

BREAKFAST TABLE HE WOULD

TELL US THAT ONE DAY THE

GOVERNMENT WILL COME AND

ARREST US FOR BEING

CHRISTIANS.

HE WARNED US OF THE PRICE WE

WOULD SOME DAY PAY FOR OUR

FAITH.

I REMEMBER HIM SAYING OFTEN,

EVEN IF I FACE DEATH, I WILL

FOLLOW JESUS.

Reporter: SOME 200,000

ARE BEING HELD IN PRISON.

AN ESTIMATED 30,000 OF THEM

ARE CHRISTIANS.

THE REGIME IS ROUTINELY

CITED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

VIOLATIONS.

YEJAY IS A PROFESSOR OF LAW

IN SOUTH KOREA.

THEY WILL TREAT US LIKE

CRIMINALS, LIKE TERRORISTS,

AND THEY'RE PRO PROSECUTED

BASED ON NATIONAL SECURITY

CRIME IN NORTH KOREA.

Reporter: THIS VIDEO,

OBTAINED BY CBN NEWS,

REPORTEDLY SHOWS THE

EXECUTION OF NORTH KOREAN

CHRISTIANS.

DO YOU THINK THAT YOUR

FATHER IS ALIVE TODAY?

NO.

EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN GOVERNMENT AGENTS

ARREST CHRISTIANS IN NORTH

KOREA.

THEY NEVER MAKE IT OUT

ALIVE.

I KNOW MY FATHER IS IN

HEAVEN.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY: AND

HEAVEN, AND HE IS PRAYING

FOR NORTH KOREA AND MY

FAMILY.

Reporter: KIM'S MOTHER,

GRANDMOTHER, AND SIBLINGS

MANAGED TO ESCAPE THAT DAY

TO THE MOUNTAINS.

IN 2005, WITH THE HELP OF A

CHINESE PASTOR, SHE CROWD

THE TUMAN RIVER AND DEFECTED

TO CHINA.

HER FAMILY FOLLOWED MONTHS

LATER.

IT WAS A DIFFICULT

DECISION, BECAUSE I KNEW IF

I GOT CAUGHT, WE WOULD BE

SENT TO PRISON.

Reporter: TODAY SHE IS

MARRIED AND HAS A BABY BOY.

I AM VERY PROUD OF WHAT

SHE DID.

HER FAMILY HAS GONE THROUGH

A LOT OVER THE YEARS.

SHE IS A HERO IN MY EYES.

Reporter: KIM IS QUICK

TO BRUSH ASIDE THOSE

COMPLIMENTS, INSTEAD GIVING

HONOR TO THE MAN WHO LAID

DOWN HIS LIFE.

I GREW UP IN A LAND WHERE

THEY SAID THERE WAS NO GOD.

BUT MY FATHER TOLD ME

OTHERWISE.

HE LOVED CHRIST, AND FOR

THAT HE DIED.

Reporter: SHE HAS A

DREAM TO ONE DAY GO BACK TO

PYONGYANG AND SHARE ABOUT

THIS LOVE WITH THE PEOPLE OF

NORTH KOREA.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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