Laura says the soldiers were intent on taking them to North Korea—while she and Euna did everything they could to stay on Chinese land. "We grabbed the soil, the bushes, anything that we could cling onto to stay in China for as long as we could," she says. "I thought, 'The longer that we're here, perhaps somebody will see us and come help us.'"

Still, the women were no match for the soldiers. "There was a guard above me, he was particularly fierce," she says. "He kicked me with his boot. He knocked me in the face and the shoulder, and that just sent a shock through me. He continued to drag me across the ice, and there was a soldier upon Euna that was doing the same."

Despite their best efforts, both women were dragged across the frozen river. "I actually started yelling: 'Please, please, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. We're sorry,'" she says. "I think that only made him more upset."

As they crossed the river, Laura says the last thing she remembers is the butt of his rifle. "I looked up, I saw the rifle coming down, and I thought, 'This could be the end for me,'" she says. "The butt of the rifle struck my head, and I blacked out."

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