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Highway from Hell

Humanitarian relief from a totalitarian regime.

Sep 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 01 • By JOSEPH LOCONTE
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The result is a daring missionary effort that is reclaiming the lives of between 2,000 and 3,000 North Koreans every year. Their emancipation may hold the key to their country’s future. “Help one man or woman escape, and that person will get word back home about the freedom that awaits on the outside of their prison state,” writes Kirkpatrick. “The seeds of the collapse of the Kim family regime are being planted by those who flee.”

Joseph Loconte, associate professor of history at The King’s College in New York, is the author of The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt.