Firstly, action must start with awareness. It helps to realize that, contrary to the focus of the mainstream media, North Korea is about much more than the nuclear weapons and the Kim regime. The biggest and most interesting and important stories about North Korea are about the North Korean people themselves, and once we dig into this area we realize there actually is hope for change and progress on this issue. If people from all sorts of communities and backgrounds can come alongside the North Korean people and help empower them in their struggle for a better future, then we can play a role in helping to bring about the change in North Korea that we all want to see. There are various NGOs working on different angles to promote change inside the country for the benefit of the North Korean people, so we would encourage people to consider supporting one of them. For those who are in a position to do so either directly or indirectly, a very positive thing to get involved with is helping those people who have left the country to be successful in their resettlement. If they land on their feet and are able to make the most of their new freedoms, that is an important victory not just at the individual level, but also at the macro level because the North Korean defector diaspora is acting as a bridge community back into the country, helping to open up the country.
People can of course choose to support LiNK’s work, and we have many ways that people can engage in and invest in our mission. We do not take any funding from government sources, and our work would not be possible without community support from around the world with people using their time, effort, skills and resources to support our mission. If people are interested in getting involved on this issue then we encourage them to go forward and find out more, and reach out to groups to see how best they can engage. Considering the magnitude of this issue, there is a real lack of people getting involved and supporting the North Korean people, so your interest and engagement will certainly be appreciated!