In March of 2009, American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were violently apprehended and imprisoned by North Korean soldiers while filming a documentary near the Chinese-North Korea Border. Over the months that they were held captive in one of the most mysterious and terrifying countries in the world, they endured intense interrogations that led to them being charged with ‘hostile acts’ and sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp.
Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s fight to Bring Her Home by both Lisa (also a prominent journalist) and Laura Ling, is an emotional, raw and honest account that gives insight into the events that unfolded, both in North Korea and America, leading to Laura and Euna’s eventual release. Told in their alternating voices, the sisters paint a fascinating picture of the mysterious, propaganda filled North Korea, the politics that played out in America, and the unique bond that allowed the sisters to send messages and comfort each other throughout the ordeal.
As you can imagine, the Ling family witnessed humanity at its best, receiving an outpouring of love and support from around the world, while they waited to hear news about Laura. More surprisingly however is Laura’s account of the kindness, connections and humanity that she encountered in the very people who hated her country and were holding her captive.
— quotes were taken from the hard cover version of Somewhere Inside by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling