Doug Bock Clark has written an amazing report for GQ that is essential reading for those who care about North Korea refugees and how Christianity has driven one man to help them.
Clark reports on the Underground Railroad that helps people escape from North Korea to China and from there to multiple Southeast Asian countries.
Clark has published two previous longform reports with GQ: an account of Kim Jong-nam’s being murdered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a detail-rich record of how Otto Warmbier so easily slipped from student visitor to a dead victim of North Korean brutality.
Now he begins with the story of a young mother named Faith who makes a slow and costly journey from Pyongyang to Phnom Penh.
The following passage is long, but essential, if GetReligion readers want to understand why this is a must-read feature.
Much of Faith’s journey is arranged by Stephen Kim, the believer at the heart of this amazing story:
For safety, Kim doesn’t want too much known about his past, but there are two facts that he feels are important in order to understand him. First, his father grew up in what became North Korea before he moved to modern-day South Korea to run a wholesale vegetable business. Sometime after that, the Korean Peninsula was split into two nations and the Korean War broke out. Thus, while Kim grew up in the South, he thought of North Koreans as long-lost family. Second, Kim’s father was Christian, and though he and his family eventually stopped attending church, Kim never forgot Jesus.