Organised by the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea and hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, you are invited to attend an event titled ‘A Talk With Sungju Lee: North Korean Refugee and UK Chevening Scholar’.
Sungju Lee is a North Korean refugee who originally hailed from Pyongyang. Sungju escaped North Korea in 2002 and resettled in South Korea 2003. He went on to study Political Science and Journalism in Sogang University, has interned for Conservative MP Barry Devolin in the Canadian Parliament, and is currently studying in the UK on a Chevening Scholarship.
Sungju and his family lived in Pyongyang where his father was an official in Kim Il Sung’s personal military guard. But when Sungju was ten years of age, Kim Jong Il dismissed the military guard and Sungju’s family moved to the rural north-east of the country. Experiencing unfathomable levels of poverty and food deprivation, Sungju’s parents escaped to China in order to find food. Left alone, Sungju joined a group of teenage boys who would steal and beg for survival. Eventually, Sungju’s father was able to pay for his son to be smuggled across the China-DPRK border and on to freedom in South Korea.
More information on the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea can be found at their website.
The event will take place at 17:00 on Monday 1st February in Committee Room 17, the Houses of Parliament.
Attendance is free and open to the public. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance.