North Korean defectors are frequently contacting us at PSCORE asking for help. These people have different backgrounds and needs, but they are all living in hiding and need help right away. Most of the times, they get in touch with us because they fear for their lives and ask us to save them. And so we try. We run rescue missions to China to help North Korean defectors gain access to life saving emergency medical treatment and to guide them through our underground railroad to find refugee in South Korea.
Between 2008 and 2013, we successfully rescued nine North Korean refugees trapped in dangerous situations in China. In mid-winter 2014, PSCORE rescued Ji-Eun, an eighteen-year-old girl, from being arrested and repatriated to North Korea. Having lost her shoes during her escape from the DPRK and immobilized by the resulting severe frostbite to her feet, she needed urgent specialized medical care to save her feet. Thanks to generous donors, we could raise more than $5,000 to help Ji-Eun reach South Korea.
On August 1st, 2014, PSCORE held an event at the British Embassy to say thanks to the individuals that donated for Ji-Eun's rescue mission. The evening was also a fundraising event and we successfully raised more than $1,300 for the next rescue mission. This money is now part of our new program the 'Safe Passage Fund.' Due to the secretive nature of their unique situations, those who contact us, just like Ji-Eun, are not in a position to give any advance notice and we need to have access to a strong emergency fund constantly available to quickly provide these individuals with the life saving support they need.
In order to keep this fund and our mission alive, we rely on the generous financial support of our donors.
Ji-Eun, PSCORE, Ambassador Scott and Mrs. Anne Wightman and donors and invitees at the British Embassy.