North Korean Defector Overcomes Past to Become Fulbrigh…

Alexander Smith and Stella Kim

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Seong Ryeol says he was aged 10 when he witnessed his first public execution.

He recalls it being a monthly event in his North Korean hometown, with police gathering crowds near a local market where they would shoot or hang people accused of criticizing the regime.

Image: North Korean Defector

Kim Seong Ryeol