One escapee from North Korea believes the regime she left has no reason to exist, and that they should be removed from the world. Now living in the United States, Grace Jo tells Fox News, “It is time to take action.”
Grace, a 26-year old college student at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, escaped to America in 2008 with some members of her family, after having survived starvation and the brutal dictatorship of her home country.
According to Grace, she and her family escaped three prior times, making it to China before they were caught and returned to North Korea.
Fox News reports: Her two younger brothers died of starvation and her father died from being tortured while in police custody for sneaking a bag of rice back from China. She says starvation was rampant while she was growing up, and that the family was occasionally given a bag of potatoes by the government.
She recalled her family living for ten days without any food, surviving only on water. That’s when her mother found six baby mice in a field and her grandmother made soup out of them in order to feed the family.
Taught to treat the country’s leaders with divine reverence, she says she was told to thank the current leader for whatever food she was able to receive.
Grace was also sent to a North Korean intelligence center prison, after one failed escape attempt. “I saw the North Korean agents torturing adults there and yelling [at] them. It was kind of a scary place,” she recalls.
“We almost gave up our life, but it is kind of a miracle, a miracle happened to my family to survive.”
Grace arrived in the United States with her mother and sister as refugees under the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and became a U.S. citizen in 2013. “America is the greatest country in the world,” Grace said.
She is thankful for the opportunity to attend college, an opportunity afforded to her by the North Korean Freedom Scholarship program, run by the President George W. Bush Institute. A $25,000 fund was established by Bush and the institute, to give eight North Korean escapees the ability to “pursue higher education and build productive, prosperous lives as new Americans.” Grace plans to get her degree in law.
Grace will attend a New York City forum being held by the George W. Bush Institute, called “The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World,” which focuses on freedom, free markets and security. The former president will attend, along with former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeline Albright, and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
While Grace is doing well and happily living the American dream, she’s mindful of the people still living under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime. She lays out a plea for human rights and hopes the people of the country will not be neglected over fears about the nuclear threat posed by the rogue nation.
“All those people are dying there,” she said. “They are suffering in North Korea. Please think about the children who are dying there without any hope.”
As for the fate of Kim’s regime, Grace says, “The North Korean regime should not exist in this world anymore, any longer. The U.S. government military force or any independent force should stop the North Korean regime because the regime is killing the innocent people in the country. Child, babies and moms are dying without any hope.”
According to Fox News, she continued:“I believe North Korean regime will not listen if we speak nicely. So I think it is time to take action to the North Korean government, because if we don’t have any action and only speak words and try to give something to them, like give a candy to a little crying kid, it can solve for the moment but it will not solve for the long run,” she adds.
She does not think a military strike, with its predictions of a possible catastrophic loss of life in South Korea and the region, is feasible. “I don’t want to drop a bomb,” she says. Grace hopes the U.S. and its allies can conduct covert actions that will lead to the toppling of the regime. She does not think sanctions have or will work to deter Pyongyang’s nuclear programs and military aggression, saying “they are very smart people, that’s why they can keep their regime that long.”
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