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NGO to aid North Korean Christians
Voice of the Martyrs to disburse 80,000 dollars worth of necessitiesScreenshot of the Voice of the Martyrs website
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- January 5, 2011
The Canadian office of the Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), an interdenominational NGO, will send basic necessities, stationery, medicine and the Bible to North Korean Protestants who have been secretly practicing their faith despite the oppression from authorities there, the organizationÔÇÖs spokesperson told Radio Free Asia (RFA).
The RFA on Jan. 4 reported that the NGO will be sending in US$80,000 worth of goods to 1,600 underground Christian families during the first half of 2011.
The money came from their last yearÔÇÖs campaign to raise fund for the Christians in North Korea.
NGOs in China that have good relations with the organization will help with the consignment of goods, the spokesperson said.
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in communist Romania for his faith, founded VOM in 1967.
According to ÔÇťOpen Doors,ÔÇŁ another NGO which serves persecuted Christians worldwide, North Korea has 200,000 underground Christians.
North Korea officially guarantees freedom of religion and there are several religious organizations of Buddhists, Catholics, Protestants, and followers of Chondo-gyo, an indigenous Korean religion. However, the country has only one Catholic and two Protestant churches, all in Pyongyang. Catholic Church sources say persecution of Christians has increased in tandem with recent international conflict on North Korea┬┤s nuclear program.
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