Hyeonseo Lee managed to escape the oppressive and isolated regime of North Korea. Then she went back for her family and did it again.
Hyeonseo Lee’s story is painful to hear. Her talk given at a TED conference this year is one of the most detailed stories of defection that have been made public.
What makes her story so compelling is not only that she communicates it in English–something that many ex-North Koreans are simply unable to do–but also because you can hear her fight back her emotions with every word. The unfortunate reality of the situation is that many defectors are caught and sent back to North Korea to face labour camps…or even death.