The arrival of 10 North Koreans here late last week heralds an era of 10,000 defectors a year arriving from the Stalinist country. Until the early 1990s, only a few dozen North Koreans fled the country annually, but the number increased since the mid 1990s famines, to exceed 1,000 people for the first time in 2002 (1,139) and the 2,000 mark in 2005, when 2,019 made the perilous trek. Experts say while it took almost a decade since the first refugees for their number to reach 10,000 a year, that number will double to 20,000 within less than five years. There is also always a chance of a mass exodus.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Coincidentally, the daughter of a co-worker in my office has taken in two North Korean teenage boys through her Church. She will be hosting them for one year, at which point they will be sent to another family.
Let freedom ring.