Daily NK: North Korea delays the start of the school year, again by Ha Yoon Ah

North Korea has delayed the start of the school year again due to concern over the potential spread of COVID-19 and widespread damage to schools from recent typhoons and monsoon rains, Daily NK has learned. “On Tuesday afternoon, the Cabinet’s Ministry of Education [referring to the two ministries that handle primary, secondary and university education] … Read more

Yonhap: N.K.’s child mortality rate nearly 6 times higher than S. Korea in 2019: U.N. report

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s child mortality rate in 2019 was nearly six times higher than that of South Korea, a recent United Nations report showed. According to the report from the U.N. Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), North Korea’s child mortality was estimated at 17 per 1,000 births in 2019, … Read more

DailyNK: Yanggang Province is in the midst of blueberry picking season by Kang Mi Jin

The blueberry picking season in Yanggang Province’s Taehongdan, Baekam and Samjiyon counties began on Saturday, with local authorities in Baekam County mobilizing students for the harvest, according to a Daily NK source in the province on Tuesday. “As rumors spread that there are fewer blueberries compared to last year, there is talk that they will … Read more

Applying target congruence theory to victimization risk of students from multicultural backgrounds: A comparison of South Korean, North Korean, and other multicultural family adolescents

Highlights We study the risk of victimization between South Korean and multicultural family adolescents.• North Korean and other multicultural family adolescents face a high risk of violent victimization.• Adolescents who are depressed are more likely to be victimized.• Deviant lifestyles are associated with student victimization. Abstract The objective of this study was to apply Target … Read more

North Korea Freedom Week 2020

The corona virus cannot stop North Korea Freedom Week!    

Although we are unable to send staff to Seoul for the 17th Annual North Korea Freedom Week which will take place April 26-May 2, 2020 in South Korea, we are pleased to share that sessions will be posted on YouTube each day. The sessions are generally scheduled for 9 AM KST / 8 PM EDT. We will post videos here as they become available. While most sessions will be held in Korean, some translation will be provided.

Visit NKFW.org For More Information and the Schedule

North Korean Women’s Rights Event Held Online

On March 10, we again co-sponsored an annual event on North Korean women’s rights with the North Korea Freedom Coalition before the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The event, 25 Years of Repression and Regression in North Korea, focused on the lack of progress on North Korean women’s rights in the last quarter century.

Unfortunately, due to the corona virus, the in-person component of our event scheduled to take place in New York was cancelled by the UN Secretary General. Instead, we made the decision to host the event online. Please click the link above to view a recording of the event.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Isabella!

All of us at the Isabella Foundation wish you a Happy New Year. We have had another successful year, thanks to you, and are looking forward to even greater successes in 2020! As we round out this year and reflect on this year gone by, we thank you for your support. Because of you, we have continued to … Read more

Friends of Isabella BBQ and Open House, October 19, 2019

Please join the Isabella Foundation for a BBQ and Open House on October 19th, 2019 at Cabin John Regional Park. We will provide the food and the latest information on Isabella Foundation activities both here in the United States and abroad. Please RSVP below and feel free to bring family and friends. Email [email protected] for more information. … Read more

From Orphanage to Escape – Recap of event on May 2

As part of the 2019 North Korea Freedom Week, an annual week long series of events which ran this year from April 28 – May 5, Isabella Foundation co-sponsored with the Family Research Council and Christian Freedom International the forum “From Orphanage to Escape: An Update on the Current Situation Faced by North Korean Orphans” … Read more

From Orphanage to Escape

An Update on North Korean Orphans We all know that North Korea is a country where everyone is at risk, and where religious freedom is nonexistent. The government does little to help its own people and actively works to oppress them. But among them, North Korean orphans, or kotjebi, are among the most vulnerable. Under … Read more