Asia's Underground Railroad

Helping North Koreans escape and not get sent back to their home country.

View of North Korea from South Korea.
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Asia's Underground Railroad

Very little is known about North Korea’s brutal regime, in part because its people are not allowed to leave. So, unlike humanitarian crises elsewhere in the world, citizens of the US spend very little time thinking about the plight of the 24 million people living in one of the harshest dictatorships in recent memory.

Melanie Kirkpatrick has been covering North Korea for years with the Wall Street Journal. She’s now senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of a new book - Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.

It’s about those trying to escape and tell their story to the world...and the political and personal hurdles they have to overcome.

Melanie Kirkpatrick makes her home in Connecticut - and she’ll be speaking at a World Affairs Council of CT event on Monday, November 12 -- at the Mark Twain House at 6pm. More info at