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Ooberfuse inspired by victims of North Korean Communism

Catholic pop duo Ooberfuse will release a new song later this month highlighting the terrible suffering of people fleeing from North Korea, as well as the plight of refugees worldwide.

The track, entitled Never Give Up, was written by the London-based band, which is made up of Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson, after several inspirational meetings with North Korean-born human rights activist Shin Dong-hyuk in the summer of 2016 during the band’s first trip to Korea.

Shin Dong-hyuk made the decision to escape the relentless torture inside one of North Korea’s most notorious labour camps.

Now at last a citizen of the free world he can never forget the loved ones left behind and will never give up agitating for their freedom.

“We were moved by Shin Dong-hyuk’s personal witness,” Cherrie told The Universe. “His life story is inspirational and embodies the importance of never giving up.”

Cherrie hopes that Never Give Up – which has been mixed and produced by Patrick Phillips from Real World Studios whose credits include One Republic, Peter Gabriel, Marina and the Diamonds, Rag n Bone Man and Goldfrapp – will inspire listeners to help refugees across the globe.

“We hope listeners will feel inspired to do something to help the plight of refugees everywhere.

“We also hope that in their own lives, they feel inspired to press on, to move forward and to never give up,” said Cherrie.

The music video for the track features Jihyun Park, a North Korean refugee who fled his home country and is now living in Manchester.

Ooberfuse will be returning to Korea later this month to help raise awareness and show solidarity with refugees.

They will perform the song live in Sofar Sounds Seoul, Korea, on Wednesday next week as part of the Give a Home global concert series.

Taking place in cities all over the world on the same day, Ooberfuse have been invited to perform in Korea to join the global line up which includes Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Jake Garratt, Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware.

“Buried deep in all of our hearts is a restless nostalgia for a world free from violence and persecution. That restlessness drives us from one place to another in search of a place where we can flourish, a place beyond violence, a place where persecution is unknown, a place we can call home,” said Cherrie.

“Every refugee gives visibility to this invisible yearning and stirs hope for a better world in all of our hearts.

“This is why it is a big privilege for us to be part of Give A Home,” she concluded.

Picture: Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson are taking part in the Give a Home concerts.