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    Kwon Jeong-saeng

    Kwon Jeong-saeng (1937–2007) spent his childhood as a Korean War refugee and later became a beloved children’s author. Even later in life, after his children’s books met with commercial success, he continued to live in a simple one-room dwelling near the bell tower of his village church, which he served as deacon and bell ringer (see his story “The Bell Ringer”). Having himself suffered wartime violence and poverty, he became a passionate advocate for children victimized by war; at his death, he left all his lifetime savings to children in need, especially those in North Korea. 

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