70% of the nearly 30,000 North Korean refugees who have made it to South Korea are women. 
Kyoung-ok arrived in Seoul as a 13 year old in 2008 after escaping North Korea, hiding in a cave in China, and being smuggled through Cambodia and Thailand. 

 When asked to describe herself, Kyoung-ok said "I am a tiger. I like to think I can adapt to anything, and that maybe I can be a bit scary too."  

 The tiger has been a symbol in Korean culture for centuries—in traditional art, it is portrayed as the entire peninsula. Not the DPRK and the ROK, but Korea. 
   
This project was made possible with the support of the IU School of Journalism's Ross Hazeltine Scholarship and has been featured on TIME LightBox.
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Kyong-ok and Sarah leave Kyong-ok's apartment so Kyong-ok can go to high school after the girls slept there on Feb. 28, 2015 in Mia, Seoul, South Korea. Her apartment building looks like the others in the same compound. The South Korean government helped info
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