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55% of North Korean Defectors “Considered Suicide”
Survey on Defectors
55% of North Korean Defectors “Considered Suicide”
  • By matthew
  • October 14, 2013, 07:27
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Chinese policeman holds back North Korean defectors entering S. Korean Embassy in Beijing.
Chinese policeman holds back North Korean defectors entering S. Korean Embassy in Beijing.

 

It has been reported that more than half of the North Korean defectors who entered South Korea have serious psychological problems such as thoughts of suicide. 

According to a survey of 295 North Korean defectors by Saenuri Party Congressman Kim Young-woo with the Foreign Affairs & Unification Committee of the National Assembly on October 13, 55.2% think about death, sometimes to frequently.  

78.6% of the defectors answered they have depressing or sad thoughts, 62.4% said they suffered lethargy and loss of appetite, and 81% of them had symptoms of anxiety, uneasiness, and insomnia. 

Kim said, “North Korean defectors have serious psychological problems from the extreme mental pain of the process of escaping from North Korea and the stress from trying to settle down in a strange culture,” and added, “A system must be created to provide consistent care.”