illustration: Perry Tse

North Korean defectors grab China lifeline to smuggle cash, goods to family back home – despite dangers for those left behind

China is the main way out of North Korea for people fleeing the country but for many of those who make it across the border and into the South, it is also a vital link for defectors sending much-needed money back to their families. In this instalment of a four-part series, Josephine Ma looks at how exiles in the South find ways to support and stay in touch with their relatives back home

Topic |   North Korea


illustration: Perry Tse