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TED Weekends says freedom is only half the battle

Originally posted on TED Blog:

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TED speaker Hyeonseo Lee (right) meets Dick Stolp (left), the stranger who gave her a significant amount of cash to help get her family out of jail four years ago. Photo: SBS

Hyeonseo Lee’s story is a tale bound to pull at your heartstrings. She’s a North Korean refugee — and while helping her family flee the country in 2009, Lee’s mother and brother were detained in a Laos prison. [ted_talkteaser id=1694] At TED2013, Lee described how it was an enormously generous gift from a stranger that helped her family to safety.

This week’s TED Weekends on the Huffington Post takes a look at this moving story and considers the latest twist in the tale. After Lee’s TED Talk was posted, a television station tracked down the stranger she spoke of and reunited the two on air.

Below, find three essays from TED Weekends, thinking more about Lee, North Korea and…

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