Living in North Korea for 43 Years (Korea Insights #5)

Global Peace Foundation
June 15, 2020

Global Peace Foundation works with our distinguished partners around the world to support the reunification of the Korean peninsula. We believe that peace and prosperity within the Korean peninsula and East Asia are not secured by unification alone, but will be equally determined by the vision of what kind of nation a new unified Korea will become for the world. On such a basis, our primary mission is to provide a vision that could not only move the global community to work toward Korean unification but also to suggest a framework so a new unified Korea can become a positive ally in development and peace for the global society.

The Korea Insight series invites experts and activists to discuss the current critical issues surrounding Korea and Korean unification.

In this interview, we introduce Eiko Kawasaki, the founder of the nonprofit “Korea for All.” She went to North Korea when she was young and lived there for 43 years, unable to go back. After defecting, she created her nonprofit in hopes of reforming and bringing justice to what happened in North Korea.


0:58 Life in North Korea
10:45 Activities in Japan
12:25 Current actions for human rights issues in North Korea
17:00 Role of international society
21:09 My family in North Korea
22:56 Significance of peaceful unification

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