Recently articles about North Koreans returning to North Korea have become more common. Often they’re spies, but very often most of the time they aren’t. In fact, a LOT more North Koreans are returning than you’d think. “They’re going back to get killed”, “They want to suffer”, “They want to be oppressed”, “They need to lose weight and there’s no better place to go to when you want to diet” shut.the.fuck.up. People don’t just leave everything behind and get over it. Shit is a lot more complicated than that if you have never been through that, you need to sit back and keep your mouth shut. You have no right to judge their decision to go back nor do you know the reasons even when you think you know them. You don’t know jack shit. However, this is a whole different topic. I want to talk about ‘How’ and ‘They’ll die’.
Let me sum up some of the ways to go back:
- literally going the same way back meaning going through China to cross the Tumen river
- crossing the Yalu river with help of Chinese people willing to trade or help and by bribing guards
- fake passports: to fly back, to pretend to be of xx nationality
- by illegal fake documents that prove you have xx position and xx function
- by illegal fake documents that prove you need to go back to North Korea (e.g.: being a student studying abroad in China)
- requesting admission at the North Korean embassy in China (usually by faking the reason you left)
You, bunch of ignorant people, prefer to think that there’s only one way to go back and that’s usually the first one. Actually, the other options are much more common and people rarely fail at going back by using these. Of course, to you, bunch of ignorant people, it all sounds like scenario that was written for some James Bond-like movie. Maybe, very maybe, it would be great to stop thinking it’s ‘like a movie’. Refugees wanting to go back is a huge problem. It’s dangerous, expensive, complicated and at times it fails.
Of course, you believe North Korea is this secluded scary dangerous horrible place where everything is impossible, right? That’s what the media tells you, right? You can’t get out and you can’t get in, right?
Well, open your fucking eyes. Think twice before you believe what the media tells you. It’s not impossible or weird. I know the media tries to tell you otherwise, but North Koreans have a heart too, you know. They miss what they left, they realize that being poor but having family and friends around is better than having a low to average income in a stranger country where you don’t know anyone. Y’all seem to care so little about your loved ones, to reduce people’s efforts to go back to their family and homes to something that ‘only happens in the movies’ and ‘is impossible’. For once you need to stop thinking politically or theoretically. To end with a very cliché and a very, very cringe-worthy line: think about the power of love and the effect of it on people’s heart for once.