Stricter borders closures and increased security has made it harder than ever to escape.
There are thought to be hundreds of thousands of North Korean Christians who desperately need food, water, shelter and protection from the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Numbers Across the Border at Record Low
Stricter borders closures and increased security has made it harder than ever for North Korean refugees, including those fleeing due to religious persecution, to escape. Between April and June 2019, 320 refugees fled to South Korea. In 2020, the number of those who made it across the border amounted to only 12. According to the Ministry of Unification in South Korea, these numbers are the lowest ever.
There are thought to be hundreds of thousands of North Korean Christians who desperately need food, water, shelter and protection from the deadly COVID-19 virus. Despite the fact that North Korea continues to claim that not one case of COVID-19 has been detected in the country, according to the World Health Organisation, at least 25,551 people have been quarantined in the last few months.
The high number of people who have been quarantined shows the country has been in a great fight against the virus.
North Korea has been the most dangerous place to follow Jesus since 2002. Believers face violence and extreme levels of pressure in all areas of life. If North Korean Christians are discovered, not only are they deported to labour camps as political criminals, or even killed on the spot, their families share the same fate.
in 2019 there was a crackdown on defectors, including Christians. Authorities raided homes, torturing and killing many believers. The government halved food rations to just 300 grams of food per person each day, leaving isolated Christians additionally vulnerable.
It seems COVID-19 is making it even harder for North Korean Refugees to escape.
If you would like to speak with Open Doors Australia CEO, Mike Gore about the growing concerns for those Christians trapped in North Korea and the impact of COVID-19 in the country, contact Esther Jolliffe [email protected]