Report: American Christian Imprisoned in North Korea Feels Abandoned by U.S. Government

Japanese-based newpaper Choson Sinbo reports that imprisoned American Christian Kenneth Bae feels abandoned by the U.S. government.

Bae was arrested in November 2012 and sentenced to "15 years of hard labor" after being charged with trying to "bring down the [North Korean] government through religious activities."

According to CNN, 42-year-old Bae is having health problems, and concern over those problems is creating a great deal of anxiety for him. He was "re-admitted to a hospital in Pyongyang in March" and what appears to be a worsening condition has his family pleading for the Obama administration to do something.

After reading the interview with Bae, his family said:

We woke this morning to hear news about Kenneth; we joined him in feeling the disappointment, wondering when this will ever end. In the interview Kenneth talked about his health concerns and the fear of being sent back to labor camp due to lack of movement in his case. He has significant health concerns. We not only pray every day for his freedom, we pray for his life, as he is enduring very difficult conditions. 

We implore President Obama and Secretary Kerry for urgent action to secure Kenneth's freedom.

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