He was 23 years old and knew no one outside the fence.
Within a month, he had walked into China. Within two years, he was living in South Korea. Four years later, he was living in Southern California.
"There is nothing in my life to compare with this burden."
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"I was more faithful to guards than to my family."
Excerpted from Blaine Harden's Escape From Camp 14 (Viking Penguin).