Yeonmi’s Story to Tell the World
Yeonmi Park was born in 1993 in North Korea. Her father and her mother were respected members of the working class during this time until her father eventually led a metal smuggling operation in the capital of North Korea as a result of desperation for providing for his family. The economic collapse is what prompted Ms. Park’s father to start dealing in illegal transactions. Though his desperation to provide for his family was strong, Ms. Park’s father eventually was caught and was punished by being forced to work in one of North Korea’s labor camps. During the Kim Dynasty, Ms. Park told the News.AU team as she remembers the exact moment that her attitude of the Kim Dynasty changed. This moment was when Ms. Park was given accessed to the otherwise illegal movie, Titanic. This movie gave her a taste of culture as well as a taste of freedom.
More info on Yeonmi here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Yeon-mi
The suffering and starvation that Yeonmi and her mother suffered through are what encouraged them to bribe a guard in order to smuggle themselves across the North Korean border. Though Yeonmi and her mother’s end goal was China, Yeonmi’s story was still far from over as the two of them were then subjected to become a part of the illegal business was human trafficking. According to a retelling by The Reason, Yeonmi eventually escaped this and arrived in China with a taste for freedom. By 2009, Ms. Park became a resident of South Korea and became a dedicated human rights activist who became passionate of helping and educating others of the horrors that she suffered.
Though Yeonmi is not the only North Korean defector, she is one of the youngest as well as the most involved in helping other defectors. Park’s new book is called In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom and tells her story to the world which has been an inspiration to millions of individuals. Everyday Ms. Park is grateful for her freedom and only wants others who have suffered to became free just like her. Ms. Park, since defecting, has not only risked her career [see, http://www.nknews.org/2015/02/yeonmi-park-hits-back-at-north-korean-video/], but also her life with trying to help others.