North Korean defector mother and daughter who surrendered “I want to go back” close their eyes lonely in a foreign country

A village near the border of Tumen City, Jilin Province, China. On the other side, you can see Pungseo County, Ryanggang Province, North Korea. /Photo = Daily NK

“These people cannot be confirmed as citizens of our country.”

This is the content of the notice sent by the North Korean Security Agency to the Chinese police station with a mother and daughter who surrendered to North Korea in early 2020 and requested repatriation.

In the early winter of November 2019, when the wind was blowing, a woman in her late 20s with her 7-year-old daughter entered a police box in a village in Changbai County, Jilin Province, China. She introduced herself as a ‘Chosun (North Korean) person’ and asked to return to her homeland, as he would surrender her defection.

This woman was a North Korean defector Kim, who defected in 2013 carrying her one-year-old daughter and was living in hiding in China. Why did Mr. Kim, who had to avoid public security due to the danger of repatriation, go to the public security on his own feet?

A few years ago, Kim asked her Chinese husband, who was living with her, to find out how her daughter, who was born in North Korea and came to China with her, could enter school. Then, the Chinese husband said that he could not go to school without a family register because he could not register his birth in China. He said that if he gave birth to his own child, he would pay for a register of a dead child of the same age who did not report death and send his daughter from North Korea to school. .

However, Kim has not been pregnant for several years. Then, in early October 2019, Kim overheard the Chinese husband and relatives living together with him sitting down and drinking.

Relatives of the Chinese husband knew that Mr. Kim, who was in the kitchen, wouldn’t hear, and said, “I haven’t had children for several years, so why don’t you continue acting like someone else’s father? She has her own cubs and will not bear her children. She said, “If a Korean child only starts menstruating, sell her.”

Upon hearing this story, Mr. Kim was nervous about what answer his one-year-old daughter, who had nowhere to go since his escape, and his Chinese husband, who had brought him with money, focused on his ears.

The answer given by her Chinese husband was shocking. “If it was a son, I paid and didn’t bring him. Because she is a daughter, she raised her well, so I bought it with the intention of pulling out 10 times the amount I paid for when I was two.”

Mr. Kim thought that he could no longer be in the house due to the overwhelming fear. It was terrifying for her daughter to come and go in the mouths of the Chinese as a means of making money. Kim sometimes thought about going to Korea.

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Eventually, he decided to return to North Korea and headed to the police box. This is because he believed that the police box would be safer than his Chinese husband’s house, and that if he surrendered, the police would take care of sending him to North Korea.

The police prepared a report based on Mr. Kim’s statement, and sent Mr. Kim and his daughter to the assembly prison in accordance with the procedures.

A few months after that, the year changed and one day before the Lunar New Year, the public security officer who called Mr. Kim to the investigation room told him that he had received a notice from the North Korean Security Agency saying, ‘I will not accept it because I am not identified as a citizen’. As Kim stated, he delivered personal information such as where he was born and raised in North Korea, and the answer was that ‘there is no such person’.

In fact, in North Korea, there were no family members, relatives, or national documents to confirm Mr. Kim’s identity. He lost his parents at an early age and was placed in the house of his old grandmother. Strained by his life, he lived a life of wandering without a dwelling place with his grandmother, and after the death of his grandmother, he joined a flock of swallowtails. Then she became pregnant and even gave birth, and after giving birth to a child, she fled North Korea in search of a way to live.

There was another reason North Korea refused to extradite the mother and daughter Kim. It was the first coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China at the end of 2019. At that time, North Korea was also keenly aware of the possibility of the virus spreading, and even the extradition of confirmed North Korean refugees was carefully considered.

As long as the North refused to take the extradition, the Chinese police couldn’t keep Kim’s mother and daughter any more. Eventually, they were sent back to their Chinese husband’s home. And the next morning after returning home, the mother and daughter were found as cold bodies in the warehouse of the house. As a result of an on-the-spot investigation by the public security who was dispatched, it was determined that she drank pesticides and made an extreme choice.

A mother and daughter who escaped from North Korea, who had to live as wanderers forever, unable to return to their hometown where they were buried, passed away in such a lonely way. Even now, there are North Korean defectors in China who live a hellish life day by day amidst the anxiety of repatriation and human trafficking, just as the mother and daughter Kim experienced.

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