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Christians to focus on North Korea ‘s brutality.

4/5/07 North Korea (Mission Network News) A privately commissioned report entitled “Failure to Protect” calls for a humanitarian initiative in North Korea from the U.N. Security Council. Disturbing facts have come to light, including the fact that over a third of the children in the country suffer from malnutrition, and that the government has cut off humanitarian aid organizations from the most needy regions.

The repressive regime of Kim Jong Il casts a long shadow of a people hard pressed. Open Doors’ Carl Moeller says that’s why, as a member of the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC), they’re participating in North Korea Freedom Week, April 22nd through the 29th.

On April 28, the NKFC will sponsor a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Washington , D.C. , called the “International Protest against China ‘s Violent Treatment of North Korean Refugees.”

The protest is part of the ongoing effort to pressure the Chinese government to stop sending North Korean refugees back home where they are either imprisoned or killed. The rally will start at noon. Similar demonstrations will be held April 28 at Chinese consulates and embassies around the world, including Los Angeles , Houston and New York City in the United States .

In addition, Open Doors USA will sponsor a panel discussion on the state of religious freedom in North Korea at the National Press Club in Washington on April 26 at 3 p.m. Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will host other panel discussions on North Korea-related topics during the week.

Aside from raising awareness of the conditions, they’re reminding believers of the remnant church there. “Open Doors has had the opportunity to do a number of different projects to directly support and sustain Christians in North Korea who are suffering greatly during this difficult winter that just passed.”

For the fifth year in a row, North Korea tops Open Doors’ World Watch list as the worst violator of religious rights for Christians. Between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are currently suffering in prison camps. Many of them are tortured. People are still putting their lives at stake by trying to flee to China .

Yet, amidst all the harshness in the country, the local Christians are dedicated to serving the local Body of Christ and are firmly standing strong during this period of relentless persecution.

Moeller says prayer makes a huge difference. “We’ve been leading a three-year international prayer campaign for North Korea . We believe that this is the crucial year that three years of prayer will be focused on bringing light and hope to the believers, and to all people in North Korea .”