Chinese police arrested founder Pastor Chun Ki-won in 2002 on the Mongolian border, on the escape route he pioneered. His arrest and eight month imprisonment caused a stir in South Korea, exposing the plight of North Korean defectors.
In 1995, as a missionary in the Yanji region, Chun met his first North Koreans in hiding. "These people had lost all their rights," he said. "The most important thing I could do was revive their humanity." Chun orchestrated the escapes of more than 700 North Koreans with only a handful of failures.
- "Escaping North Korea", National Geographic Magazine, p. 4 focusing on Chun Ki-won.
- "Christian underground smuggles North Koreans to safety in South", SF gate, May 15, 2003.
- History of Durihana
- "A missionary's perspective", Crossing heaven’s border (interview with Durihana founder Pastor Chun Ki Won), US: PBS.
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