Obstacle course


The image of an obstacle course came to mind, as I thought about the long, complicated and tedious route Korean defectors have to take to reach South Korea as their final destination. Contrary to common belief, as much as North Korea is geographically close in proximity to South Korea, North Korean defectors are not able to simply cross over to South Korea. The common route they usually take is first by crossing the Tumen River into Yanji, China, and thereafter stop over in Southeast Asian countries like Laos and Thailand, where they will be linked with people who ensure their safe passage into South Korea.


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Currently living and pursuing my undergraduate studies in South Korea.

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