Hyeonseo Lee

North Korean Defector & Refugee

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Why I fled North Korea

By Hyeonseo Lee, Special to CNN


Hyeonseo Lee was born in North Korea and left for China in 1997. She now lives in South Korea and is an activist for North Korea refugees. Lee spoke at the TED2013 conference in February. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading" which it makes available through talks posted on its website.

"When I was young, I thought my country was the best on the planet. I grew up singing a song called "Nothing to Envy." I felt very proud. I thought my life in North Korea was normal, even though when I was 7 years old, I saw my first public execution."

Read the full Interview and watch Hyeonseo Lee’s TED Talk with the link below

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