Liberty in North Korea

Jay Park, Staff Reporter

LiNK’s signature logo was seen by many students during Club Rush Day  

We currently live in a democratic country which thrives in a capitalistic society. We live every day the way of our own accord. Six thousand, six hundred and seventy-one miles away, on the other side of the planet, is a country in which the citizens have been cut off from the outside world for over 60 years and its people have been denied basic human rights.

  The government works to make sure its people show utmost loyalty. If a citizen voices an idea or acts in anyway against the state, he or she is imprisoned in training camps. This surreal country is North Korea. Yet an organization called Liberty in North Korea, a non-profit organization works to free these citizens and give them a normal life of an everyday citizen.

  The club “Liberty in North Korea” here at West Ranch is a school branch that carries out fundraisers to earn money and raise awareness about the difficult lives the North Korean citizens experience.

  The club is headed by two co-presidents, Jonathan Kim and Sydney Chang. It is their fourth year and they have been with the program since its beginning.

  “It’s not just sympathy. It is determination and hope to setting these people free. We live in a world which is constantly changing and North Korea remains reclusive.” said Sydney Chang.

  The club’s goal is to raise $2500, enough to rescue a refugee and cover their resettlement program. They are raise money from events like fundraising See’s Candies, which makes around 500 to 1,000 dollars every year.

  Jonathan Kim describes the biggest accomplishment in the club as “Just seeing the growth of the club. Honestly in the first meeting of our freshmen year, we had four people show up. People, even teachers, laughed. What, a North Korea club? But seeing that perspective change and just seeing this community grow makes me proud.”

  And this is just one of West Ranch’s many clubs striving for change and better quality of life for others. Even as high schoolers, these students can change and affect the world so far away from them.