The personal information, including names, birth dates and addresses, of almost 1,000 North Korean defectors
was leaked when a computer at a government-run resettlement center in South Korea was hacked.
The ministry said this is thought to be the first large-scale information leak involving North Korean defectors
Social perceptions toward North Korean defectors
have made it hard for defectors
and their children born abroad to feel confident about their identity.
North Korean human rights activists in Seoul said that the defectors
had been forcibly repatriated at a time when of pressure not to intimidate the North before the second inter-Korean summit talks between Roh and Kim Jong Il, the father of Kim Jong Un.
Even after graduating, more than 100 job applications in which he identified himself as a defector
were rejected, but as soon as he hid the information he started securing interviews and even a few job offers.
As one defector
described: "We are part of the same village, just uptown and downtown" (Author interview, July 17, 2013).
Spokesman for South Korea's joint chiefs of staff, Roh Jae-cheon, added that the defector
was taken into custody and was "safely secured", while authorities are now investigating what drove him to make the crossing.
23 and 25 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and at the Ateneo de Manila University, the defectors
who belong to the group Woorihana shared their experiences in their home country.
With internal conflict comes the question of what to do with insurgent defectors
. In Afghanistan, international actors and the Afghan government have been intermittently attempting to reconcile with, or rehabilitate, members of the insurgency.
The fact that the father remains nameless and is referred only as "father" throughout the novel bears witness to his dwindled existence as a nameless, ghost-like individual in South Korea, which is not much different from the lives of North Korea defectors
living in the South sixty years after the ceasefire.
When New York City's power is permanently cut, Agent Myk finds himself immersed in a struggle to not only identify the defector
, but piece together puzzles in his own background that could ultimately influence a dangerous game being played on a worldwide arena.
pressure and an acknowledgement of defectors
' frustrations, past U.N.