Yeonmi Park is a young Korean woman who has become a spokesperson for human rights after escaping North Korea. Her harrowing tale of adventure is an emotional story of near starvation, abuse an terror, but ultimately one of victory, that is outlined in her book on Amazon, In Order To Live. In the book Yeonmi Park goes into great detail about her escape that took years, and about life growing up in North Korea.
The repressive regime controls every aspect of life, just like Orwell’s book, 1984, but this is for real. She said she saw a woman executed in public for breaking a minor rule. Park feared to speak, to even whisper to herself, because a mouse might hear her. She was taught to not express herself at all, and every day was a matter of just finding enough food to survive while she lived in North Korea.
Her father was caught selling metals to China and sent to a labor camp, so that made her an outcast as well, so her life went from bad to worse. That, along with nearly starving, led her and her mother to escape.
1n 2007, she and her mother walked across a frozen river to escape into China. She was just 13 at the time. They followed the stars and were not sure where they were going. She had to still be very careful in China, as she could have been deported back to North Korea if she were discovered.
She eventually made her way to Mongolia, and that led to her ultimate arrival in England. The Reason TV and other media outlets have told her story many times, and there have been articles in the Daily Mail UK about Yeonmi Park as well.