Learning liberty

The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea has surged in recent times. More than 10,000 have defected in the last three years alone, escaping economic hardship and suffering in the isolated regime. But many defectors have trouble adjusting to their new lives in the South.

Al Jazeera TV broadcast the following episode of its programme 101 East, looking at a school that is trying to help young defectors start new lives in modern South Korea. The programme looks at the plight of those who manage to escape the DPRK, and the difficulties they face both in transit through China and once they arrive in South Korea. The school helps young defectors adjust to the challenges of their new lives.

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