What could a 20-year-old, slip of a girl have possibly done to make an entire country launch a propaganda campaign against her? Escape their communist regime, of course. Yeonmi Park spoke recently with Reason TV about her harrowing journey out of North Korea, the tremendous and horrific obstacles she faced and her book, in which she recounts her story.
Yeonmi was just 13 years old when she and her mother embarked on their journey that at first brought them to China. Their trek lasted for years and took them on a long and convoluted journey before they safely reached South Korea.
In her Amazon released book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, she recounts the hardships she and her family had to endure even before they left North Korea. The poverty, hunger, and the very real threat of concentration camps was very real. She tells of her travels that put her in contact with criminal elements, specifically, human traffickers, and the abuse she suffered at their hands.
The loss of her father was a huge blow to her. He had escaped himself and joined up with her, but sadly, he lost a battle with cancer that had gone untreated.
Yeonmi expresses concern that other countries see North Korea as a joke, and she acknowledges it is in fact, a very horrible joke.
She is currently living in South Korea and is a criminal justice student. She is a passionate activist and has spoken at several human rights summits.
To find out more of what Yeonmi endured and what she is doing currently do help her fellow countrymen, check out the interview at Your text to link….