On March 17, 2009, American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were apprehended by North Korean soldiers, charged with trespassing and “hostile acts,” and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il's Communist state. The women became the first Americans ever tried before North Korea’s highest court and were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. But in August, they were granted amnesty and dramatically rescued by former President Bill Clinton—a drive for freedom made possible in part by the tenacity of Laura’s sister, world-renowned journalist Lisa Ling.
Told in alternating voices, Somewhere Inside reveals the complete story of their ordeal for the first time. Laura offers a gripping account of her treatment at the hands of Korean guards. While she recounts the deprivations and rounds of harrowing interrogations endured, she also describes endearing moments shared with her captors. She speaks movingly about the emotional toll inflicted by her incarceration, including her fears that she might never see her family again.
Lisa writes in-depth about her unrelenting efforts to secure Laura and Euna’s release. Offering insight into the vast media campaign spearheaded on the women’s behalf, she also takes us behind closed doors with people at the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Governor Bill Richardson—intense discussions that involved strategically balancing the agendas and good intentions of various players.
An inspiring tale of survival and sisterhood set against the canvas of international politics, Somewhere Inside is a timely, gripping tale that goes beyond the headlines to reveal the impact on lives engulfed by forces beyond their control.