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Below is an article referencing the upcoming North Korea Freedom Week. ICC is partnering in this effort. Please read on to hear more about one Christian N. Korean woman’s story of persecution and a reminder about how you can be involved in the Freedom Week.

ANS (4/19/06) – NORTH KOREAN CHRISTIANS NEED OUR SUPPORT

Is North Korea the No. 1 “Evil Empire?”

For Soon Ok Lee, a Christian survivor of North Korea ’s political prison camps and author of “Eyes of the Tailless Animals,” it certainly is. She still has the physical scars from her brutal treatment.

She writes: “The prison camp that I was sent to is in Kae-Chon, which is in the southern province of Pyung-Yang . There are 6000 plus prisoners in there: 4000 plus males and 2000 plus females. Most of the prisoners are there for ridiculous reasons. Some are caught while traveling in places they didn’t have the permits to go to in search of food. Some are mothers, who had complained that their children were starving to death…they wondered ‘why do I have to die like this? Why can’t I eat till I’m full, like people in other countries…’ and people with these kinds of thoughts were considered to have bad ideology.

“If the mother is pregnant, according to the North Korean law that says that a criminal’s seed must be scorched up to its third generation, they abort the baby. If somehow the baby survives and is born, they strangle the baby by stepping on them in front of its own mother. I also witnessed many human experiments. They said it was pointless to test weapons and chemicals on animals because they were created to target their enemies – other human beings.

“I also saw many Christians in the camp. Because of their belief in God, and because they sang hymns in the camps, they were stepped on until death. If they didn’t deny God, they were often times burned to death from boiling hot liquid metal. I saw many unspeakable things. And these weren’t rare sights for me. Because I went through many physical tortures; I still have many after-affects left on my body. The right side of my face is still a little distorted, the left half of my mouth is crooked and the whole left half of my teeth were crushed. I live with a lot of physical pain on my body and it’s difficult to get through each day. But there are still many people going through tortures and human experiments even at this very moment.”

Soon Ok Lee says we as Christians need to speak out about these abuses. “Many need to join in and stop the Christian persecution and the human rights violations. Please join me in this effort.”

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) adds: “In North Korea , we hear reports of religious believers being tortured, imprisoned and even executed for their beliefs. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently documented some of these terrible incidents that fall on believers who refuse to renounce their faith. We must all confront this intolerable evil. Please join me in commemorating North Korea Freedom Week.”

Among activities centered in Washington , D.C. , are:

North Korea Genocide Exhibit on Capitol Hill – April 25-30.

Wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial at 4 p.m. – April 27.

North Korea Freedom Day Capitol Hill rally 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – April 28.

Prayer Vigil at the Chinese Embassy from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. – April 28-29.

There are also prayer vigils planned April 28 from 7-9 p.m. in front of the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles (443 Shatto Place) and April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chinese consulate in Houston (3417 Montrose Blvd).

“ North Korea could be compared to one large concentration camp – with the entire population trapped in a nightmare that doesn’t end,” says Open Doors USA President Dr. Carl Moeller. “Like Soon Ok Lee and Sen. Brownback urge, get involved. Get your church involved. These are our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted, tortured and imprisoned.”

NKFC is a bipartisan coalition of religious, human rights and non-governmental Korean and American organizations whose primary purpose is to bring freedom to the North Korean people and to ensure that the human rights component of United States and world policy towards North Korea receives priority attention.

An estimated 200 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with another 200 to 400 million facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors, celebrating 50 years of service to persecuted Christians, serves and strengthens the Persecuted Church in the world’s most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers.