North Koreans are fleeing across the border into neighboring China seeking food, medicine, money and even freedom. There are estimated to be up to 50,000 North Korean refugees hiding in China today. Leaving the country without permission is punishable by harsh treatment, detention, imprisonment, torture, and even execution for those who are forcibly returned. As a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, China has international obligations to protect refugees. Despite this, the Chinese authorities actively seek North Korean refugees out and send them back, fully aware of the consequences they will face.
In response to this, we launched our rescue program in 2010, and our initial goal was to rescue 100 North Korean refugees. As of July 2012, we have successfully accomplished this goal thanks to the support of thousands of people all around the world. We aren't stopping either. We hope to rescue hundreds more with your continued support!
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