Yeonmi Park has finally put down to paper her story and experiences from North Korea since she was a child in her book, In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom. Through the book she tells of the most horrifying and devastating times that she went through during her escape from North Korea. While living in North Korea, she described her family as being closed-knit and very loving. Her life in North Korea was quite hard and at times they would go without food.
The reign of Kim Jong II did not make life any easier for them. The regime was characterized with unlawful imprisonment of people and persecution. Yeonmi Park’s father was not lucky and he was imprisoned and subjected to torture after involving himself in the black market trade. When she was thirteen years of age she weighed sixty pounds. Through the book, Park describes and tells in detail the experiences and deprivations that people in North Korea go through to present day. She also gives the readers an insight of her own experiences and what she had to endure and go through before finally escaping North Korea. Park also reveals of the sexual slavery and physical hardship that she had to go through before making it to South Korea.
Yeonmi Park was born in North Korea and has gone through a lot of physical hardship. She has been described as a defector-activist and has come out strongly to oppose the current regime in North Korea. She is aged 21 years of age and is vigorously defending the rights of North Koreans and calling for a change its administration. She has told of how she has survived trekking the Gobi Desert. Even though stories have been said trying to discredit Yeonmi’s story, she still stands firm and maintains that all these are the work of Kim Jong Un whom she says dislikes her.