China just carried out the largest deportation of North Koreans in years, most of them women, sending them back to North Korea. They have not been heard from since.
According to recent reports from a Seoul-based human rights group, China sent about 600 people back to North Korea after Pyongyang ended their lockdown. North Korea views the repatriated refugees as traitors and they face torture, sexual violence, and death when they return.
Reports from BTJ missionaries inside North Korea share that many in the country are starving to death this winter. The economy has suffered greatly from the extreme Covid lockdowns. North Korea was the first nation in the world to shut down and the last to open up. The number of people who died from the pandemic in the country is still not known.
North Koreans risk their lives trying to make it to freedom by way of China. China does not recognize their status and has implemented a policy of detain and return. This Christmas, please remember our North Korean brothers and sisters who suffer for their faith.