Dordt College News

Seoul Train and LiNK team share plight of North Koreans at Dordt Nov. 11

November 5, 2009

Seol Train

A team of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) volunteers on a 10-week trek across America will be at Dordt College November 11 to screen a documentary and share their stories about the human rights crisis in North Korea.

Dordt College’s Justice Matters Club will host the group. They invite the public to join them Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. to see and discuss the 50-minute documentary Seoul Train in the Science Building lecture hall S101.

Seoul Train chronicles the attempts of hundreds of thousands of North Korean refugees to escape to freedom and the efforts of a small group of activists to help them reach freedom.

“This issue is particularly relevant to the Dordt community, given our many Korean students and professors, and our connections to several Korean Christian colleges,” says Joel Veldkamp, Dordt’s Student Symposium news officer. Veldkamp cites Hebrews 13:3, which says “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” He says in a very real sense the entire nation of North Korea is in prison, “including our brothers and sisters in Christ who are often singled out by Kim’s atheist regime.”

North Korea today is under the control of the dictator Kim Jong Il, whose father Kim Sung Il founded communist North Korea. The country makes headlines with its nuclear weapons program and long-range ballistic missile programs, but news programs seldom describe the widespread famine and gross human rights violations of people living there.

Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, information, or travel are not allowed in North Korea, and violations can result in execution or entire families sent to concentration camps where torture, forced abortions and more occur. An estimated 3 million North Koreans have died of famine or been killed by the government in the past 15 years.

Many North Koreans have fled across the border to China, where they live underground to avoid detection and deportation by the Chinese government. LiNK, the organization that is sending a team to screen this documentary at Dordt, is part of the modern underground railroad that helps refugees get to free countries and transition to new homes, as well as raise international awareness about the North Korean human rights crisis.

For more information see or Seoul Train.

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