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PSCORE founder Kim Young-Il wrote the forward for Across the Tumen: A North Korean Kkotjebi Boy’s Quest by Young-Sook Moon.

This incredible book tells the story of Yeong-dae, a Kkotjebi* trying to survive in North Korea. Of all the books we have read about North Korea, this is the first to delve this deeply into the tragic world of the Kkotjebi.

The book is available for purchase in Korea and abroad through the publisher Seoul Selection.

*(Kkotjebi 꽃제비 is the Korean word for North Korean homeless children. It translates as “flowering swallows,” referring to their constant need to find food and shelter. They are not officially recognized in North Korea, and the term is strictly prohibited in state publications and documents.)