To survive the devastating famine of 1990s, Ji Seong-ho had to scavenge coal from train cars to exchange for food. One day, he lost consciousness from hunger and fell onto the tracks, losing his left foot and hand when the train ran over him. In 2006, he escaped North Korea, and after a grueling 6,000 miles long journey, made it to South Korea. There he founded Now Action and Unity for Human Rights (NAUH), an organization that broadcasts information into North Korea and facilitates resettlement of defectors in South Korea. He told the story of his journey at the OFF in NY.
In Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif placed herself at the forefront of the battle to lift the ban on women drivers when she was jailed for filming herself at the wheel. In September, this infamous ban was finally lifted. Read an excerpt of Manal's book, Daring to Drive at Vox.com