On March 17, 2009 while filming the Chinese-North Korean border, American journalist Laura Ling and her colleague were chased down and apprehended by North Korean soldiers. The two women were charged with trespassing and “hostile acts,” and imprisoned. Following a trial before North Korea’s highest court they were sentenced to twelve years of hard labor. When she heard of the arrest, Laura’s sister Lisa started to campaign to get her sister released and took her campaign from the State Department to the media world and finally to the White House. The sisters’ account, Somewhere Inside, reveals what really happened to Laura at the hands of the North Koreans and tells the story of Lisa’s unrelenting efforts to secure her sister’s release.
Lisa Ling, co-author of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home (William Morrow)