Students Raising Awareness of N. Korean Plight

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University social work student Lindsay Wirt was stunned to find out how commonplace North Koreans think their suffering is. Despite the starvation deaths of an estimated 2 million North Koreans in the past 10 years and the execution of those caught trying to escape the country, North Koreans "operate under the assumption that the atrocities they are facing are normal," according to Wirt. She explained that they are "basically imprisoned . and cut off from the rest of society."

To draw attention to the plight of North Koreans, the Cedarville University chapter of the National Social Work Honor Society and the University's Center for Political Studies are sponsoring an awareness event on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. A North Korean refugee who goes by the name "Brian Kim" will share his story, and Cedarville social work students will present their research findings on the North Korean crisis.

Wirt noted, "As those who live in a place that is prosperous and safe, we can serve as a platform to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The suffering that is taking place [in North Korea] is something that should not be tolerated any longer, and steps to find a solution are necessary. ... Solutions to problems can be found in small, steady, individual steps."

The event will be held in The DeVries Theatre of the Stevens Student Center. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, contact the Cedarville University Social Work Program Office at 937-766-7676.