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.