Much has been written about Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two American journalists captured this March, imprisoned for five months in North Korea, and released on August 6. But on Wednesday, for the first time, their story was told in their own words.
Lee and Ling's story has unfolded over the past few months, and I have watched with interest, both because they are journalists and because they are women. I have tried to see myself in their situation in order to understand what they went through. But I have to admit, it is difficult to imagine myself hiking at sunrise across the border from China into North Korea, living in a third-world prison—or flying on a jet with Bill Clinton. It is even hard to imagine how they felt, behind the scenes, when they taped the "thank you" video posted the week after their return, much less during the ordeal in prison.
Instead, as I followed the story, I kept coming back to unanswered questions: Who are these women? What motivates them? And how did they ...1