USC LiNK Event Raises Awareness Toward North Korean Refugees

Imagine a day without food, money, protection or freedom. For North Koreans, this has been their world for more than 10 years. Since Kim Jong-il assumed power in North Korea in 1994, millions are starving from famine; thousands are being put into political concentration camps; and tens of thousands are risking their lives to cross borders and seek refuge. In the eyes of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), a non-profit organization headed by CEO Hannah Song that works toward spreading awareness on the plight of North Koreans, the devastation has gone on for too long.This past Sunday at University of Southern California (USC), I had the privilege to attend "Voice for the Voiceless," a free benefit concert sponsored by LiNK. More than 400 attendees at the event were treated to performances by the ever-talented Clara Chung, creative Asian American rapper  Dumbfoundead, and USC student groups such as the dance teams Chaotic 3, Break Through and acapella group Trojan Men.

Entertaining performances aside, the most moving part of the night was when Danny Lee, a former North Korean refugee saved through LiNK's Hundreds Campaign, spoke about how thankful he was to now be living without fear and experiencing true freedom. A movie clip was also played showing Danny reuniting with his mother at the airport; she was brought to the U.S. more than three years after he escaped. The clip almost moved me to tears.

Many people consider the North Korean refugee crisis as a second holocaust, yet there are many across the world who still hardly know anything about it. To support LiNK’s cause and get involved, visit