July 14th, 2009
04:06 PM ET

Euna Lee – Still a mom in captivity

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/11/clinton.northkorea.journalist/art.korea.afp.gi.jpg caption="Supporters rally for U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling on June 4 in Seoul, South Korea."]

Mallika Chopra

I wanted to share a story about Euna Lee, who along with Laura Ling, has been held in N. Korea for 4 months. As a mother, the story has been haunting me since I heard it. It haunts me because I can totally relate to Euna's actions.

Several weeks ago, we had Euna’s husband, Michael, over for dinner. I have never met Euna, and it was the first time I met Michael. Because of my brother’s close friendship with Laura Ling, it seemed natural to connect with Euna’s family, as well.

Michael is wonderful – vivacious, smart, funny. It was the first day, since this ordeal started, that he had left their 4 year old daughter, Hana. She was spending a night with his father. It was also the first time– at that time, the girls had been in captivity for about 3 months – that he was alone and could process his feelings. As other parents will relate, we often put aside our own emotions to focus on our children’s emotions.


Filed under: Lisa Ling • North Korea
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  1. Annie Kate

    I hope Euna is home too by the time the Disney vacation comes around. I'm afraid though that this one is going to be a long wait. I feel for both families and hopefully the girls will be released soon.

    July 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm |