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Somewhere Inside by Laura Ling
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May 12, 12

Read in May, 2012

"Somewhere Inside" is the story of Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee's abduction in March 2009 when they were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland.

While filming on the Chinese–North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and "hostile acts," and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il's notoriously secretive Communist state. Kept totally apart, they endured months of interrogations and eventually a trial before North Korea's highest court. They were the first Americans ever to be sentenced to twelve years of hard labor in a prison camp in North Korea.

This memoir alternates between the sisters, with Laura recalling the escalating peril of her capture and imprisonment and Lisa recalling heightened worries and all the behind-the-scene work she was doing in the US in effort to bring her sister and Euna home.

Although these women were extremely lucky to have had outcome they did as result of their grave mistake, what they did was just plain foolhardy and extremely amateurish.

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