Thiis is one great speech no doubt. Not just because of the points made, but the way Adrian Hong (a strategic consultant who also co-founded a U.S.-based NGO that assists North Korean escapees) has made the points. He was speaking at the launch of Melanie Kirkpatrick’s book Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad. Being someone who has had on-ground authentic knowledge of refugees and their plights, his words carry a lot of weight.
North Korea is a single party state that can rightly be described as a totalitarian one. It’s not easy to talk to people about North Korea. Human rights violations are a norm and people are tolerated for raising a voice.
His 10-minute speech makes a powerful case for the moral urgency of the long-running North Korean crisis. “One challenge I always have when I speak about North Korea is I run out of adjectives for how bad things are. And many of you that follow policy or human rights situations oftentimes get jaded with numbers,” he says.
Keeping in mind that he speaks with knowledge and authority rather than hearsay, his speech is worth listening.