Long-term Detained South Koreans Likely to be Abused

Updated: Mar 10



The UN Human Rights Office in Seoul has expressed concern over the six South Koreans detained in North Korea. Missionaries Kim Jung-wook, Kim Kuk-ki, and Choi Chun-gil, who were active in the North Korean-Chinese border region, and North Korean defectors Kim Won-ho, Koh Hyeon-cheol, and Ham Jin-woo, who acquired South Korean nationality, were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor in which they have to work 10 hours a day, six days a week. Since North Korea refuses to provide information about their fate and whereabouts, the risk of abuse against them is expected to be greater. We pray that the six detained people will be protected by God's grace and be returned to their families soon.


“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:1,3.

Lord, please remember these six people, Kim Jeong-wook, Kim Kuk-ki, Choi Chun-gil, Kim Won-ho, Koh Hyeon-cheol, and Ham Jin-woo, who were sentenced to life imprisonment in North Korea's prisons completely blocked from the outside and subjected to forced labor. We pray that the days of their affliction will be reduced. Please show them mercy so that they can become free and be embraced by their family and home country. We also pray that the light of hope will soon shine on the people who are imprisoned in the huge prison called North Korea and that the day of salvation may come.


We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.