31. May 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: Book

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector as well as a human rights activist who has been helping individuals cross the North Korean border in a safe manner. As an individual who has lived through the horrors of fleeing her home, Yeonmi Park is a young woman who has helped thousands of other defectors. Born in 1993, Ms. Park has demonstrated her knowledge, experience, as well as courage in just a short amount of time. She is a rare individual who has not only renounced her former country of North Korea, but she now takes one step further to speak out against the country. This dangerous act has given others an admiration for this young woman. In recent news from Daily Mail UK, Ms. Park has written and released a book on Amazon.com called In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom that recounts her dangerous memory of crossing the North Korean border and gaining her freedom.
Yeonmi Park uses this book to overcome her language barrier that was experienced when trying to retell her story. Ms. Park in her book states that she was born in 1993 to a wealthy North Korean family that fell into hard times during the economic collapse in the 1990s. As a result, the family was devastated and Ms. Park’s father became involved in the black market. Mr. Park smuggled metals into China which eventually was found out. The punishment for his crime was to be sent to a labor camp which left Yeonmi and his wife both starving as well as isolated from their community.

This experience is what Ms. Park remembers to be the driving factor as to why they eventually left North Korea and denounced their country. Ms. Park remembers as a young girl having to face blistering cold and scorching heat as they escaped to China. In 2007, Mr. Park eventually made it to China and by 2009, Ms. Park became a resident of South Korea. Though her current job as an activist is dangerous, she is happy to do it because it gives her a sense of purpose. Ms. Park never wants others to experience what she experienced.

Learn more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/it-was-a-dark-depressing-moment-north-korean-defector-yeonmi-park-on-freedom/news-story/f2733ecb6b7d1593feec80110863dd93