Yeonmi Park is a young North Korean defector who was born in 1993 in Hyesan, North Korea. As members of the working party, both her mother and her father were originally respected members in North Korea. Though the family started off wealthy, the events of the economy collapsing forced Yeonmi’s father to become involved in the black market. Ms. Park’s father led a smuggling business within the capital of North Korea which was eventually discovered as items that were being sent to China. As a result of this discovery, Yeonmi’s father was no longer able to provide for his family as he was sentenced to a lifelong sentence in one of North Korea’s labor camps. The lack of income and their isolation from the community forced Yeonmi and her mother to flee their country in order to start a new life in China.
All of these experiences of Yeonmi have been told in Ms. Park’s new book called In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom (see, http://www.amazon.com/In-Order-Live-Journey-Freedom/dp/1594206791). This book according to a Daily Mail UK review has eliminated the language barrier that was once a problem when she first had to speak in English to her audience. After much translation and reviewing, Ms. Park’s story is now being told and is a horrific and heart breaking story that is meant to educate the public of the horrors that the population of North Korea must face.
In her wikipedia like bio-book, Ms. Park describes her adventure and how the human traffickers helped her to cross the border into China. Though her father escaped with them, he eventually became ill and died during their travels. By 2009, Ms. Park and her mother had made it to South Korea though with many difficulties that come hand in hand with adjusting to a new life in a different culture. Since her escape, Yeonmi has written and given speeches about North Korea. Thought this is a dangerous endeavor, Ms. Park told the NK News she is happy to do it as it will help other refugees. Thanks to her help, she has been able to provide specific details and names that have helped smuggle thousands of defectors across the border.