Saturday, 11 November 2017

North Korean man begs Chinese president Xi Jinping not to deport wife and young son

A North Korean man has pleaded with the Chinese president Xi Jinping not to forcibly repatriate his wife and young son, saying they face imprisonment or death if sent home.

The woman and her four-year-old son are understood to have been among a group of 10 North Koreans detained in China last week after secretly crossing the border.

The man, who asked to be identified only as Lee, fled to South Korea in 2015. He recorded his plea in a video message, which was passed to the BBC.

He said his wife and son would "either face execution or wither away in a political prison camp" if sent back to North Korea.

"I wish China's Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump would think of my child as their grandchild and send my son to the free country, South Korea," he said.
"Please help us. Save my family from repatriation. As the father, I beg the two leaders to help my family. Please help us."

He said he was haunted by images of his young son in detention.

"I can almost hear my baby calling my name," he said. "I can see my baby in that cold cell, crying out for his father. I can't just stand by doing nothing."

BBC     News.

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