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Yeonmi Park Recounts Her Story

Yeonmi Park is a young woman who was born in 1993. What makes her a unique individual is not only that she is a North Korean defector, but also the fact that she is a young and female human rights activist who wants to prevent what happened to her. Yeonmi Park was born in North Korea in a prominent and well respected family. Though Ms. Park remembers receiving many privileges in her position, she remembers how the family’s luck had changed in the late 1990s when the economy in North Korea collapsed. As a result of this misfortune, Ms. Park’s father was forced to become involved in smuggling in order to make a living. Though food was provided for the family, eventually Ms. Park’s father was discovered and was thrown sentenced to a labor camp.
The story of Yeonmi Park’s travels are all now documented in her book called In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom (http://www.amazon.com/In-Order-Live-Journey-Freedom/dp/1594206791). This book discuses all the starvation and isolation that her and her mother experienced which eventually encouraged them to flee North Korea. Yeonmi Park recounts her story on NK News of paying off one of the guards by the border in order to get through. In this book, Ms. Park also is able to communicate her experience as well as her hatred with human trafficking that she became involved with as they were fleeing to China. This particular experience is what influenced Ms. Park to become a human rights activist.

Yeonmi Park (see wikipedia), ever since a young age, has been finding a new home. Ms. Park fled the North Korean border in 2007 and has since then been finding ways to teach how abusive her former country is to their citizens. Her current goal is the unite North Korean refugees and defectors to speak out against their former country. Yeonmi Park’s book also does well to explain details that are often lost in translation when she attempts to explain her story. “The book is worth the read” says a Daily Mail review, and will give a true and heart breaking account of the brutality that one country has given to millions.

 

 

Human Rights Activist Yeonmi Park Shares Story Of Hope

Human rights activist and author of Amazon released book In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom Yeonmi Park never knew freedom existed while living in North Korea. All she knew is that she, her family, and many others were suffering under the brutal dictatorship of Kim Jung Il.

Like many others who were able to escape, the stories are all the same. Kim Jung Il ruled with an iron fist. You either went along or suffered the consequences. A number of people mysterious disappeared. Many were shot, imprisoned and even worse.

Yeonmi Park‘s story began at the tender age of 13. Her father – a government worker – was convicted of smuggling and sentenced to a brutal work camp. Once he reunited with his family, it was decided that leaving North Korea was no longer an option. Sadly, her father died of cancer before he could escape.

According to Park’s accounts, the human traffickers were just as bad as Kim Jung Il’s army. She and her mother suffered from starvation and subhuman treatment and sexual abuse while in their custody. It was only through sheer will power that she and her mother survived.

On a very cold night, Park and her mother were able to escape the trafficker and make their way through the freezing Gobi Desert. They also discovered that Kim Jung Il’s army was patroling the area. They finally reached the Chinese border where they were helped by missionaries. She never felt completely free until she and her mother made it to South Korea.

Thankfully, she was able to reunite with her sister, Eunmi, who was presumed dead after escaping before them. A few years after settling into life in South Korea, Park decided to devote her time to human rights issues. She felt obligated to help people who sharing the same ordeal.

Today, Park is an internationally known activist and frequently speaks out on New York Times about human rights issues and abuse.