In August 2019, Chinese security officials arrested Eunji around the North Korean/China border. For almost 10 months, she has been held in a Chinese detention center, waiting for what would likely mean torture or even death for her—repatriation back to North Korea as a Christian. In North Korea, Christianity is seen as “hostile to the state.”
Because of her faith, Eunji would likely be transferred to a Kwan-li-so, a maximum-security political labor camp in North Korea. Open Doors estimates that approximately 50,000 Christians are held in inhumane prison camps in North Korea—in conditions that have been compared by Auschwitz survivors as “worse” than the infamous World War 11 concentration camp.
A former North Korean believer and prison camp survivor remembers when she learned she had escaped what would almost be certain death.
“People who are sent to the Kwan-li-so are never sentenced by a judge,” she told Open Doors. “They just disappear. No one survives the Kwanl-li-so. Most Christians go to these maximum-security North Korean prison camps.”
Hea Woo*, a North Korean prison camp survivor, shares her story and how God sustained her throughout her time in a North Korean labor camp.