South Korean Man Learns His Wife And Daughters Are Alive After 25 Years In North Korean Prisons

09/21/2011 12:57 pm ET | Updated Nov 21, 2011
  • Evan Ramstad blogs.wsj.com

It’s amazing news if it’s true: Oh Kil-nam’s wife and daughters are alive, after 25 years in North Korean concentration camps.

Mr. Oh, a 69-year-old former economist who has tried during all that time to bring attention to his family’s plight, hasn’t heard since the late 1980s whether his wife Shin Sook-ja and their two daughters were still alive inside North Korea’s prison system.

He learned that they were on Tuesday when he read a story in Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest newspaper by circulation. (He says the newspaper didn’t call him first.)

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