NORTH KOREA | JUN. 28, 2023 — Young Christian Missing for 14 Years in Prison Camp

NORTH KOREA | JUN. 28, 2023 — Young Christian Missing for 14 Years in Prison Camp

NORTH KOREA | JUN. 28, 2023 — Young Christian Missing for 14 Years in Prison Camp

NORTH KOREA — Young Christian Missing for 14 Years in Prison Camp

This is the last photo of Kyung Jae Kim before his arrest and disappearance in September 2008.

In September 2008, one day before 19-year-old Kyung Jae Kim planned to escape from North Korea, security forces raided his home and arrested him.

The raid was part of an operation to gather Christians who had been carrying the gospel secretly into North Korea for many years. Kyung Jae Kim’s parents received reports indicating that their son had been sent to a prison camp. Kyung Jae Kim’s father has petitioned ceaselessly for the release of his son to no avail, even requesting aid from the U.N. and other international organizations. It is estimated that at least 30,000 Christian brothers and sisters are imprisoned in North Korea, suffering under inhumane conditions.

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