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Some defectors say an increasing awareness of the outside world ultimately drove them from home.

SEOUL — Every defector who arrives in South Korea brings with them a unique story of why and how they left the North. They are united, though, by a belief that life in the prosperous South will make up for the pain of separation from loved ones and the risks they took to get here.

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Kenji Fujimoto correctly predicted the Kim dynasty chain of succession. He was right about North Korea's rocket launch, too.
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Kim Su Ryeon, 23, said she was inspired by watching James Bond films.
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Defectors say life in South Korea is harder than expected.
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Kwon Su Jong, 23, defected because she had no idea how to make a living.