Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea | TED

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was "the best on the planet." It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope -- and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.

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  1. Jagdish lover

    Jagdish lover

    Pred 18 hodinami

    Why there is no comment of any North Korean.

    • Kira


      Pred 4 hodinami

      They're not allowed internet access or 24 electricity. Most of the country of North Korea have no idea that the outside world exists let alone what freedom is.

  2. Alondra Talatayod

    Alondra Talatayod

    Pred 22 hodinami

    One day we will all celebrate North Koreans freedom.

  3. Austin Kittrell

    Austin Kittrell

    Pred 22 hodinami

    Trump please bomb these people out of existence

  4. Kim Jong un

    Kim Jong un

    Pred dňom

    I caught you!

  5. Baş Belası

    Baş Belası

    Pred 2 dňami

    İngilizceyi ne ara öğrendi lan bu kız

  6. Edilene Acioli

    Edilene Acioli

    Pred 2 dňami

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 emocionante

  7. Nattalia Pollard

    Nattalia Pollard

    Pred 2 dňami

    Why is it that the leader of North Korea is being so wicked and unreasonable Children are suffering and there is hardly any healthcare support not even medicines is available

    • Kira


      Pred 4 hodinami

      He's being paid by China. Yeonmi Park goes in greater detail about this too.

  8. Nattalia Pollard

    Nattalia Pollard

    Pred 2 dňami

    Why is it that the leader of North Korea is being so wicked and unreasonable Children are suffering and there is hardly any healthcare support not even medicines is available

  9. prabin prakash

    prabin prakash

    Pred 2 dňami

    Unfortunately eventhough she explains that, North Koreans cannot see or understand that. 1. They don't have internet or foreign medias in North Korea. 2. She is explaining in English. So the North Korean public won't understand.

  10. Madam Gigi

    Madam Gigi

    Pred 2 dňami

    The tears I just shed

  11. Hai Dang

    Hai Dang

    Pred 3 dňami

    Không có phụ đề, dốt tiếng anh như mình là bó cẳng rồi.

  12. Lodikosijosh Tv

    Lodikosijosh Tv

    Pred 3 dňami

    If i become leader,I will buy north koreans people for labor camp but in true i will buy them for saving from north korean hands

  13. Jonathan Betz

    Jonathan Betz

    Pred 4 dňami

    Every time I feel unhappy about my life, I watch a video about Nothkorea just to see how much worse my life could be.

  14. Khushi


    Pred 4 dňami

    Isn't it a brilliant story for a movie.

  15. Priyesh KS

    Priyesh KS

    Pred 4 dňami

    Dictatorial regime must end...end the nuke & they will be immediately dismissed...

  16. Minh Tien Tran

    Minh Tien Tran

    Pred 4 dňami

    What country has no traitors?

  17. 狂野猎人


    Pred 5 dňami

    As a Chinese, I'm so sorry about what China is doing to N Korean people, this has to be stopped. N Korean government should be replaced. China's support of N Korean government is a crime to its people.

  18. abdulaziz sheikh

    abdulaziz sheikh

    Pred 5 dňami

    North Korea is not country it is prison and depressing place for people living there...

  19. Hung Tran

    Hung Tran

    Pred 5 dňami

    yeoomni stole this defector story..who knw how many stories yeominomi hav made it out her own...it be easy for yeonaomi to jst make stories all sound similar cos us foregnor knw nothing about North Korea..Yeonaomi a fraud..she left nth Korea as a 13 yr old..with her mum..

  20. thenailproject by Mjb

    thenailproject by Mjb

    Pred 5 dňami

    100 People Escape North Korea Every Year

  21. Meliodas 2k

    Meliodas 2k

    Pred 5 dňami

    I hope North Korea will be free someday

  22. Farheen Farooq

    Farheen Farooq

    Pred 5 dňami

    When you'll know all this was a lie

  23. karalyn irving

    karalyn irving

    Pred 6 dňami

    People wonder why I get so angry when they disrespect America, our flag, and our military. It’s absolutely selfish to hate what brave men and women have fought for. It’s sickening.

  24. Tomo Leaders

    Tomo Leaders

    Pred 6 dňami

    “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.” Optimus Prime

  25. Charlie Bowman

    Charlie Bowman

    Pred 6 dňami

    This is a heart breaking message and a living proof of what communism can do to people. It seems like other countries like China and Laos are backing up the cruelty of tyran kim youn what ever his fucking name is. But, how could we actively take part in our countries in order to pull communism away? It is a problem not only in North Korea but in the whole world. I repeat, communism is a problem in the whole world so the whole world must take effective action against communism. Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil, China, North Korea and recently Mexico have been invaded with this terrible disease that is called communism. Unfortunately, there are more countries around the world like in Africa, the Arab world, Europe, South America, Asia and even Russia that suffer this sickness called communism. Let's fight actively against cruelty: let's say no to the communism and says Yes to life, love and freedom. Down with communism now!!!!!!

  26. A Mehraj

    A Mehraj

    Pred 6 dňami

    I thought, I don't have freedom in my life but after watching this made me thought that I have the ever best freedom and I wish we celebrate their freedom soon ✨

  27. Thiago Schembri

    Thiago Schembri

    Pred 7 dňami

    Ela parece ser Japonesa.

    • Gin


      Pred 3 dňami

      not at all

  28. April King

    April King

    Pred 7 dňami

    What a brave woman!

  29. Crafty Common Man

    Crafty Common Man

    Pred 8 dňami

    a bit different from the story I read a boo written by her

  30. Martha G

    Martha G

    Pred 9 dňami

    The irony ....the leader is fat.

  31. loln


    Pred 10 dňami

    me: hears what going on in NK me: grabs tsar bomba goes to kim jong un house throws tsar bomba frees all people with heli the world is happy again!

  32. Alvara


    Pred 10 dňami

    Terus gue harus bagaimana.. Perjalan hidup itu tidak mudah km saja yang terlalu lembek

  33. Veronica Su

    Veronica Su

    Pred 10 dňami

    The dislikes are from Kim jung un's spare accounts.

  34. Michael French

    Michael French

    Pred 10 dňami

    Liar... Ted really don't have any standards, do they.

    • Francesco non è francese

      Francesco non è francese

      Pred 9 dňami

      Your surname is French you're opinion is invalid

  35. Margaret F

    Margaret F

    Pred 11 dňami

    Reading her book at the moment,amazing woman

  36. Chemdawg2009


    Pred 11 dňami

    I’m seeing this video for the first time since it was posted 8 years ago and I’m in tears listening to this brave woman’s story. Unlike us natural born Americans who take our freedom for granted, this lady earned hers the hard way. Makes proud to be an American

  37. Ласковый дельфин

    Ласковый дельфин

    Pred 11 dňami

    Қазақстаннан жалынды сəлем🇰🇿! Қызым, жап-жас болып қаншама қиындық көріпсің! Аллаһ жарылқасын өзіңді! Басыңды тəуекелге қойыпсың! Ержүрек, батыл да батыр, қызым-ау! Елуден ассам да жүрегімді шүберекке түйіп тыңдадым! Қалай қорқынышты! Басымызға бермесің ондай сұмдықты! Ужааас, что пережила бедная девочка! Аш сердце в пятки ушло пока дослушала до конца, хотя мне за пятьдесят! Так страшно было за нее и за ее семью! Боже мой, как там остальные живут подумать страшно! Дай Аллаһ всем людям на земле мира и счастье! Будь счастлива, дочка, ты это заслуживаешь! Пусть в жизни побльше будут радостных дней! Низкий поклон незнакомцу, который помог ей в последние трудные часы! Помог просто так! Побольше бы таких добрых людей! Бақытты бол, қызым! Барлық қиындықтар артта қалсын! Қуанышты күндерің көп болсын, уайым-қайғың жоқ болсын! 😘🖒🙋

  38. Sther Franco

    Sther Franco

    Pred 11 dňami

    Oh man...🥺❤️✨

  39. Ecem Kula

    Ecem Kula

    Pred 11 dňami

    I think the stranger who helped her with the money was an angel sent by God. I can't believe people like this are real. People can be so cruel sometimes.

  40. Ecem Kula

    Ecem Kula

    Pred 11 dňami

    I was about to cry. It's the hard stuff they've been through. It gives me goosebumps to think that there are still people living like this. I hope freedom and health for them.

  41. Jin.entertainment


    Pred 11 dňami

    North Koreans if anyone is out their, anybody ... stay strong try to live until your second life. YOU CAN DO IT !!!

  42. JIMMIE


    Pred 11 dňami

    She is holding back her cry, we all can see it. I hope North Koreans will be living freely without any depressions or hesitation

  43. Adisa Kola

    Adisa Kola

    Pred 11 dňami

    So emotional speech 😓😭 I glad she and her family are doing well now. Pray for North Korea 🙏

  44. Azhureus


    Pred 11 dňami

    God bless all those people who managed to escape !

  45. allen m kazi shubho

    allen m kazi shubho

    Pred 12 dňami

    The whimsical willow emotionally agree because conifer osmotically wait to a incredible sea. cagey, stiff nail

  46. Phinøxe


    Pred 12 dňami

    That strenger is a good person and he deserves a symbols of kindness and honour may god bless him

  47. Khilee Serbick

    Khilee Serbick

    Pred 13 dňami

    I am so honored to hear your story. I love you. God is always with you. It hurts my heart knowing how people of North Korea are treated. How can I help? What can I do to help make change?

  48. RedRose Redhead

    RedRose Redhead

    Pred 13 dňami

    If I could help someone like one child from NK I would in a heartbeat. ♥

  49. 鳳凰座イプシロン星より、愛を込めて。


    Pred 13 dňami

    これでも魚を食べることを批難しますか? お肉を食べることを批難しますか? 缶詰も良いですよね? 蒲鉾も良いですよね? お米や大豆や小麦だけでは足りないと思いませんか? Do you still condemn eating fish? Do you condemn eating meat? Canned food is good, right? Kamaboko is also good, isn't it? Do you think that rice, soybeans and wheat are not enough to feed the human race?

  50. Betül Kılıçaslan

    Betül Kılıçaslan

    Pred 13 dňami

    Neden hiç türkçe yorum yok

    • Depectíon


      Pred 12 dňami


  51. Hye Shin

    Hye Shin

    Pred 13 dňami

    extraordinary humans

  52. JT Talabong

    JT Talabong

    Pred 14 dňami

    I just wanna give her a hug man

  53. Nancy BCBG

    Nancy BCBG

    Pred 14 dňami

    I am absolutely blown away at her brave & beautiful soul 💕 incredibly well spoken, poised and intelligent. Praying for humanity all over the world 🌍 we deserve peace & prosperity. 🙏🏻

  54. Ev. Adele mandagie

    Ev. Adele mandagie

    Pred 14 dňami

    God bless you. May God use you to help the North Koreans victims.

    • Jerichofficial


      Pred 4 dňami

      in Jesus name our Lord and savior,amen

  55. Ev. Adele mandagie

    Ev. Adele mandagie

    Pred 14 dňami

    So saddening living in North Korea.

  56. Ammu Nandhu

    Ammu Nandhu

    Pred 14 dňami

    Who after shaa boo 3

  57. Aysha Febinapp

    Aysha Febinapp

    Pred 14 dňami

    Ted posted the most important thing and a 💭 suspicious think about watchers heaven countries 🌝

  58. Ding Dong Jimin's Jams are at the door

    Ding Dong Jimin's Jams are at the door

    Pred 15 dňami

    "There was no country I could proudly call my own" I till this instance thank God that I wasn't born in North Korea but instead was born in an absolutely amazing country , India !! I can't do anything yet except just wishing that North Korean people get the freedom they deserve !!

    • Ding Dong Jimin's Jams are at the door

      Ding Dong Jimin's Jams are at the door

      Pred 11 dňami

      @patato ooh 😅😅

    • Ding Dong Jimin's Jams are at the door

      Ding Dong Jimin's Jams are at the door

      Pred 11 dňami

      @patato But we are not !! That's the main point , I'm not subduing the credits of dr. sahib but I'm just saying that now we aren't like that !!

  59. sonhadora


    Pred 16 dňami

    Que história, daria um filme incrível ... Eu espero que Deus abençoe todos da corea do Norte que não demore a libertação desse país 😓

  60. Roaring Ronald Jade

    Roaring Ronald Jade

    Pred 16 dňami

    Im so blessed that I was filipino

  61. Marcos Molina

    Marcos Molina

    Pred 16 dňami

    Devastating testimony. No words.

  62. Sandhusndhu 000

    Sandhusndhu 000

    Pred 16 dňami

    I feel so bad.... Hope that it'll change

  63. Mikaela


    Pred 16 dňami

    Why is chinese police enabling this torture?

  64. SOFT Batam

    SOFT Batam

    Pred 17 dňami

    I hope North Korea can be free from the crazy rules and can live a normal life like other countries,,, and unite with their brothers in the south,, realize that you brothers are only forced to separate by the ideology of a country made by other countries to divide you, hopefully one day the people of the two Koreas can unite under one flag,, and life in peace

  65. Roby Rebel

    Roby Rebel

    Pred 17 dňami

    beautiful hollywood actress

  66. Hamaka445


    Pred 17 dňami

    Watching this with so much tears in my eyes 💔 can't believe how brave she was and glad at what extent she went inorder to help her family 💓💓I wish one day North korean would be able to get the freedom they deserve 🙏Love from Nigeria

  67. fille poison

    fille poison

    Pred 18 dňami

    Ela nunca desistiu...

  68. Ederson Veiga

    Ederson Veiga

    Pred 18 dňami

    Que Pena que os poderosos deste mundo só pensem em guerra e não liberdade para todos.

  69. Samuel Zen

    Samuel Zen

    Pred 18 dňami

    Is that real?

  70. bunny mobile

    bunny mobile

    Pred 18 dňami

    I just hope North Korea get freedom And I really really hope all countries unite to free all the innocent people from there God bless

  71. Zenitsu Agatsuma

    Zenitsu Agatsuma

    Pred 18 dňami

    We are all here to support the freedom of North Korea.



    Pred 19 dňami


  73. Iris F.

    Iris F.

    Pred 19 dňami

    Imagine how many more North Koreans would be free if China didn't return them back. Smh.

  74. Bebo aur Dimu show

    Bebo aur Dimu show

    Pred 19 dňami

    But currently where is she right now then?

  75. Monica Fig

    Monica Fig

    Pred 20 dňami

    Não entendo como o povo brasileiro elegeu um ditador que quer implantar uma ditadura no país, mesmos sabendo que isto é horrível para o ser humano.

  76. Dani


    Pred 20 dňami


  77. Aka


    Pred 20 dňami

    It seems like attack on titan 😳

  78. Louisa R

    Louisa R

    Pred 20 dňami

    Brave and selfless woman. She risked her own safety by returning to the North Korean border to save her family. ❤️

  79. Isa Santana

    Isa Santana

    Pred 22 dňami

    Triste demais 😢

  80. Serene Breeze

    Serene Breeze

    Pred 22 dňami

    The girl with 7 names

  81. La Patata

    La Patata

    Pred 22 dňami

    It's incredible how she managed to escape, but also help her family escape.

  82. Cycling Gospel

    Cycling Gospel

    Pred 23 dňami

    Thanks God she made out of North Korea with her family! May God have merci on thousands of North Koreans escaping for freedom! May whole world have merci on them. May God show people that he is the hope! Amen.

  83. Reha Rose

    Reha Rose

    Pred 23 dňami

    I’ll sound so ignorant but, isn’t dangerous to talk about her escaping in public? Like the government can’t know right? She’s very strong and brave, she saves her family as the same time she saved herself. 🖤

  84. AndyK


    Pred 23 dňami

    I love country India..❤️❤️🌟

  85. Light Bearer

    Light Bearer

    Pred 23 dňami

    Its all fake, this woman is just an paid actress by the western,,

  86. Saran Sankar

    Saran Sankar

    Pred 23 dňami

    Impeccable life journey 🔥🔥🔥❤️

  87. Sagar Dixit

    Sagar Dixit

    Pred 23 dňami

    You are truly an inspiration for the whole world.💘We pray to God there will be a day when North Korean people will be free

  88. Will Da Pensive Penguin Dood

    Will Da Pensive Penguin Dood

    Pred 23 dňami


  89. Sangram Dalave

    Sangram Dalave

    Pred 23 dňami

    That person was a God

  90. Eugene Clark

    Eugene Clark

    Pred 24 dňami

    This woman is a traitor. She must be returned to pyongyang and punished.

  91. Thao Phuong

    Thao Phuong

    Pred 24 dňami

    8 năm trc và bây giờ tôi mới có cơ hội xem . Thật đáng khâm phục cô gái í

  92. En


    Pred 24 dňami

    Maybe you’re the one of the most fortunate!

  93. Siddharth Samarth

    Siddharth Samarth

    Pred 24 dňami

    North korea is not a bad country,but the devil is kim jong,if someone replace him then only north korea is able to live a good life but it's impossible because kim jong is not only a devil he's a dragon ghost devil

  94. Ariane Delorme

    Ariane Delorme

    Pred 25 dňami

    I hope one day you all be freed.

  95. pramudi Perera

    pramudi Perera

    Pred 25 dňami

    very strong women...

  96. C P

    C P

    Pred 25 dňami

    Wow....I feel so speechless after hearing the talk till the end... I feel so blessed and fortunate compared to what she and her family had gone through (unimaginable)... and her smile at the end really brings hope to the hopeless. May all North Koreans be safe and free from harm and danger. And all benefactors be free from harm and danger. 🙏

  97. Annisa Nurul

    Annisa Nurul

    Pred 25 dňami

    10:11 to the man who helped her and 2 North Korean, you are a ✨LEGEND✨ Wait, better! You are a ✨HERO✨

  98. Annisa Nurul

    Annisa Nurul

    Pred 25 dňami

    This woman is ✨LEGEND✨ Look at where she is now people..

    • navneet sandhu

      navneet sandhu

      Pred 21 dňom

      Where is she now