Monday, June 8, 2009

Prayers for Laura and Euna

US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been sentenced to twelve years in North Korean prisons where the survival rate is something like 50%, according to the story on today's LA Times website.,0,3230915.story

Their crime: being on the China/North Korea border to report on human trafficking by the North Korean government.

"The first thing that passed through my mind when I heard about the verdict was that, from an American perspective, this is tantamount to a death sentence," said Scott Snyder, director of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy for the Asia Foundation, a Washington-based think tank.

The US government is trying to negotiate for their release.

Meanwhile, we owe them and others in these prisons our thoughts and prayers.

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