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“As we lived with these children, I saw them change,” the missionary’s wife told CNN. “They started having hopes, they started dreaming and I know they were happier. I was overjoyed to have done something worthwhile.”

While taking a bus to the Laotian capital last May, police detained the nine defectors because they didn’t have paperwork. After two weeks, Laotian officials told the defectors they were sending them to South Korea. Instead, they sent them back to China, then to North Korea.

After returning to North Korea, the youngsters were forced to appear on state-run TV saying they were tricked into leaving North Korea and thanked Kim Jong Un for bringing them back. Schlote, who helped with the escape, said that as long as the international media focuses on them, North Korea will continue to treat them well for propaganda purposes.

The South Korean missionary agrees, telling CNN: “If we don’t pay attention, if we don’t keep asking where these children are, then these children will be lost forever and we will never know what happened to them.”

Angela Lu
Angela Lu

Angela is a reporter for WORLD Magazine who lives and works in Taiwan. She enjoys cooking, reading, and storytelling. Follow Angela on Twitter @angela818.


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