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North Korean defector's journey from torture and starvation to Trump's state of the union
The Telegraph ^ | January 31, 2018 | Chris Graham

Posted on 01/31/2018 12:21:11 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose

Donald Trump used the harrowing story of a North Korean defector to highlight the brutality of Kim Jong-un's regime during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Ji Seong-ho, who was among the guests of honour for the president's speech to Congress, was hailed as "an inspiration to us all" and received a standing ovation from the lawmakers.

The president described how Mr Ji was a "starving boy in North Korea" 22 years ago when he tried to steal coal from a train to barter for food. "In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger. He woke up as a train ran over his limbs," Mr Ji lost his left leg above the knee and his left hand at the wrist, enduring "amputations without anything to dull the pain".

"His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians. He had - and he resolved to be free," the president said.

In 2006, Mr Ji escaped North Korea via the Tumen River.

"I knew from that point, the next time I go to North Korea will be when reunification finally happens," he said in an interview, recalling the moment he pulled himself out of the water and onto the banks of the Chinese side.

"Seong-ho travelled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death".

When he arrived in South Korea, the doctors were shocked at his condition.

The 35-year-old now helps rescue other defectors from North Korea.

"Seong-ho's story is a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom," the president said, as the defector held his old crutches aloft.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: 115th; christian; jiseongho; maga; northkorea; persecution; pyongyang; sotu; southkorea; trump; trumpsotu
Moved. Especially in light of what our culture so often chooses to spotlight instead: considering the guests some Democrats brought to prop up their counter-agenda, and the ridiculous and vulgar slogans you see at various protest marches.

To think how people are up in arms about transgenderism and all that PC jazz, and then to be confronted with a man like this...

1 posted on 01/31/2018 12:21:11 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose
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To: GoldenState_Rose

” . . . Mr Ji lost his left leg above the knee . . .”

Huh? I think they mean below the knee.


2 posted on 01/31/2018 12:28:16 PM PST by Pravious
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To: Pravious

No that bit of it is still there. Only the part above his knee is MIA.


3 posted on 01/31/2018 12:35:18 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: GoldenState_Rose

God bless him.


4 posted on 01/31/2018 12:36:05 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Screw The NFL!!!!!! My family fought for the flag!)
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To: Pravious

Nope. Above the knee. His first amputation, with no anesthesia was below the knee. That became infected so they amputated more of the leg, this time above the knee. Again w/o anesthesia.


5 posted on 01/31/2018 12:38:22 PM PST by pgkdan (The Silent Majority STILL Stands With TRUMP!)
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To: Pravious
I read it as saying that they first (without anaesthetic) amputated his leg below the knee.

Then, because of infection that attacked the lower site, they performed another amputation -- above the knee...

6 posted on 01/31/2018 12:43:59 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias | "Islamists": Satan's assassins | "Moderate Muslims": Useful idiots.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Great sarc!


7 posted on 01/31/2018 12:45:43 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias | "Islamists": Satan's assassins | "Moderate Muslims": Useful idiots.)
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To: pgkdan

Oh my God, the pain must have been excruciating


8 posted on 01/31/2018 12:47:09 PM PST by McGavin999 ("The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood."Thomas Jefferson)
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I know...he had his left hand amputated too. I can’t even begin to imagine going through that!


9 posted on 01/31/2018 12:48:04 PM PST by pgkdan (The Silent Majority STILL Stands With TRUMP!)
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Nope. Above the knee. His first amputation, with no anesthesia was below the knee. That became infected so they amputated more of the leg, this time above the knee. Again w/o anesthesia.


That’s horrifying! It’s amazing he’s still alive.


10 posted on 01/31/2018 12:49:56 PM PST by Pravious
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To: TXnMA

Ingrate. Free Medical care and he just runs off. (/s for those who need it)


11 posted on 01/31/2018 12:53:51 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Pravious

Indeed!


12 posted on 01/31/2018 12:58:20 PM PST by pgkdan (The Silent Majority STILL Stands With TRUMP!)
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This type of medicine was not even used during America’s Civil War. Soldiers undergoing amputation were given chloroform. These NORKs are butchers and belong in the savage history of man’s past. I hope our fearless leader, President Trump, puts this diabolical political tourniquet on humanity into the dustbin of history.


13 posted on 01/31/2018 12:59:45 PM PST by jonrick46 (Trump continues to have all the right enemies.)
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To: GoldenState_Rose

BFL - Working on my taxes...ARRRRGH!


14 posted on 01/31/2018 1:06:18 PM PST by BBB333 (The Power Of Trump Compels You!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

...They told me that because I was disabled, I had hurt the dignity of North Korea by going to China to beg....

I’m possible to hurt North Korea’s dignity.
They have none.


15 posted on 01/31/2018 1:08:01 PM PST by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winning)
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To: GoldenState_Rose
You made it Brother!

A triumph of a human spirit, in the face of real hardship, and real evil.


16 posted on 01/31/2018 1:10:11 PM PST by BeauBo
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To: Pravious
Nope. Above the knee. His first amputation, with no anesthesia was below the knee. That became infected so they amputated more of the leg, this time above the knee. Again w/o anesthesia.

That’s horrifying! It’s amazing he’s still alive.

Welcome to the 1860s and our Civil War. The thing that scares me is that the Left wants us to regress to those conditions.

17 posted on 01/31/2018 1:30:00 PM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: BeauBo
"A triumph of a human spirit, in the face of real hardship, and real evil."

Well said. I will always remember the moment he raised his crutches-just awe inspiring. God bless him.

18 posted on 01/31/2018 1:42:35 PM PST by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nationwide of n. Thank- the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: BeauBo

Look at the beauty, joy, love in those faces. Contrast that with the hand sitters. Anyone surprised that public support is breaking our way?


19 posted on 01/31/2018 1:54:49 PM PST by getitright (Finally- a president who offers hope!)
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His story was so moving...I'm glad he escape and Trump gave him a spot. I saw the Dems were not clapping for him.. Amazing...

No, not amazing, typical Dems America hating globalists!!

20 posted on 01/31/2018 5:35:59 PM PST by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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