Plea from Citizens’ Alliance of North Korean Human Rights

안녕하세요.

Hello,

때 이른 폭염에 건강 유의하시기 바랍니다.

Hope this message finds you well.

연일 언론에 보도되고 있듯이 라오스에서 탈북고아 9명의 강제북송으로 마음이 편치 않습니다.

As reported in the media, we are very disturbed by the news of nine young North Korean refugees being forcefully repatriated.

북한은 체제유지를 위해 결사적으로 주민의 탈북을 막고, 라오스까지 가서 탈북자를 잡아가지만,

자유를 향한 탈북자의 행렬은 말릴 수 없습니다.

In order to maintain the order and stability of the regime, North Korea strictly prohibits escape, even capturing those who made it far to  Laos. However, the North Korean regime cannot stop the refugees’ eternal march to freedom.

 

며칠 전 함경북도가 고향인 두명의 탈북여성이 도움을 요청해왔습니다.

A few days ago, two female refugees from Hamgyongbuk-do have asked for help.

두 여성 모두 2012년 겨울 돈을 벌기 위해 탈북했으나 팔려가 날마다 소 돼지처럼 일하다 도망친 상황입니다.

Both of them left North Korea in the winter of 2012, but were sold and forced to commit to inhumane labor. They then both ran off.

아이를 낳으라는 협박과 폭행 속에서 살다 도망친 20대 여성과

어린나이에 인신매매로 팔려 임신과 유산으로 몸이 망가진 10대의 청소년이 우리의 손길을 기다리고 기다리고 있습니다.

A woman who has been constantly threatened to have babies, and a teenager whose body is harmed due to constant rape are waiting for our help.

또한 한국에 혼자 입국한 20대 초반의 탈북대학생은 북에 남아 있는 가족의 생명이 위태롭다며 도움을 요청해왔습니다.

Also, a refugee who is currently a college student has recently arrived in South Korea, imploring us to save his family members’ lives by helping them.

장사로 근근이 사시는 어머니는 남쪽의 아들과 통화하는 것이 발각되어 보위부로 끌려가 갖은 고문을 받고 감옥으로 가게 되었습니다.

His mother has recently been caught while making a phone call with him. After long-lasting torture, she was imprisoned.

북에서 남자는 장사를 할 수 없고, 배급도 월급도 나오지 않아 아버지의 병은 굶주림에 악화되고

In North Korea, he cannot make a living. Even worse, due to the halt in rationing, his father is suffering from deepening starvation.

10대의 여동생도 기아로 거의 죽음 직전에 내몰려 있다고 합니다. 저희가 도와주지 않으면 목숨을 잃을 것 같아 안타깝습니다.

His teen-aged sister is bound to death due to starvation. Without our help, their lives are at a stake.

이들 4명이 목숨을 구해 새 삶을 찾을 수 있도록 도와주길 간절히 부탁드립니다.

We implore your help in finding a way for them to heal their bruises and start new lives.

이들을 구하는데 드는 비용은 약 7,200,000원이 소요됩니다.

It takes around 7.2 million dollars to rescue all of them.

라오스에서 강제북송된 탈북고아 9명과 마찬가지로 소중한 생명입니다.

These are all precious lives — that need our help imminently.

우리의 손길이 닿는 곳에 있을 때, 빨리 그들을 도와야 합니다.

탈북고아 9명에 대한 안타까움과 바램을 우리에게 도움을 요청한 이들과 나눠주시기 바랍니다.

간절한 마음으로 도움을 요청합니다.

We sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts, ask for your generous help.

 

2013년 6월 8일

June 8th, 2013

탈북난민 구호사업단 단장 이미숙, 부단장 엄영선, 김영자 올림

추신: 우리은행 142-097009-01-201 북한인권시민연합

Woori Bank  142-097009-01-201

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

 

PLEASE HELP!

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