For the first time, Kenneth Bae tells the full story behind his imprisonment in North Korea.
As the black sedan rolled up in front of the hotel, I knew this was it. Two men in dark suits emerged from the car. One man asked, "Are you Mr. Bae?"
"Yes," I said.
"You need to come with us."
On November 3, 2012, during his eighteenth trip into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kenneth Bae inadvertently broke his own cardinal rule: never bring an external computer hard drive into the country. Now North Korea authorities had it—and him. What did they want? Would he ever see his family again?
Sentenced to fifteen years at a remote North Korea prison camp, Bae would withstand psychological torture, forced labor, and failing health—ultimately becoming the longest-held American prisoner in the DPRK since the Korean War. While the excruciating experience threatened to break his spirit, his faith in God's unwavering love would not falter.
Bae's plight quickly captured international attention. Family, friends, strangers, and powerful voices—even that of the United States—mobilized to bring him home. He would not be forgotten.
Now Bae reveals his version of these events and shines the spotlight on those whom he hopes his supporters will remember: the people of North Korea. Not Forgotten is a riveting account of one man's sacrificial love for a forgotten people suffering under a brutal dictator.