I defected from North Korea and now work as a reporter based in Seoul. AMA
I was a building designer in North Korea, but mostly worked as a construction site worker. My father was thrown out of the Worker's Party and everyone in my home was forced to the countryside.
Because of hunger, I escaped in 1999 and lived in China for 2.5 years, but could not stay there due to the Chinese policemen. I jumped over the German Embassy's wall in Beijing and then made my way to South Korea.
I then studied abroad in the UK majoring in globalization and developmental studies at the University of Sheffield.
When I returned to South Korea, I worked at the Citizen's Alliance for North Korean Human Rights. Then I started my job here at the Daily NK beginning of July 2013.
Here is an image of me outside the Daily NK office
Hi guys, I'm one of the interns helping u/newkorea with his AMA. We posted here last time, but didn't send enough evidence to show he was from the North. We sent the mods this article featuring his escape, along with his passport that contains his name and photo.
Right now, we're raising money to get an upgrade to our site. Our goal isn't just to get a better web design, but to also protect ourselves from more cyber attacks. Earlier around March, our site was hacked which was traced back to Pyongyang.
Everyone here at the Daily NK is excited for this AMA, and we all look forward to your questions!
Edit: Hi guys, it's the intern here. We're thrilled that everyone has such an interest in North Korea! Right now, it's closing time here in Seoul so everyone's heading home. But we promise to eventually come to your questions.
I just want to make one more pitch about our Indiegogo campaign. We have 8 days left and our goal is to raise another $3,000 to get not only a better site, but to protect ourselves from North Korean hackers. It would be extremely helpful if any of you could make a donation so we can continue to report on a country in which little is known.
Edit2: Wanted to make a shout out to r/NorthKoreaNews for advertising our AMA and also just having a subreddit dedicated to stories on North Korea!