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The Truth About North Korean Defector, Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park is the author of the Amazon.com best-selling book In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom noted that she had no clue about the word freedom and its meaning. This information was published on Reason.com as highlighted in the link below https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story

Yeonmi Park‘s story starts with her initial steps out of North Korea. In order to reach China, Yeonmi crossed the frozen Yalu River alongside her mother in the middle of the night. At the time, she was thirteen years old. This marked the start of a traumatic and years-long journey that saw her move from China via the Gobi desert to the Mongolian border before arriving in South Korea by plane.

Her father who joined her after crossing the border died a few months later because of untreated cancer. He fell ill due to the torture he received in prison after he was sentenced to a seventeen-year jail term. According to Yeonmi, her father died without getting a chance to know the kind of democracy that exists in the world. Additionally, Yeonmi pointed out that if she could have had the sort of things Americans throw away, she would have had no reason to flee North Korea.

Yeonmi’s story about her survival has fascinated thousands of readers and made her famous. Despite the fame, Yeonmi says she does not feel safe. This is because of the constant attempts by Pyongyang to discredit her testimonies. Recently, the North Korean regime released a video thru the NK News accusing Yeonmi and her mother of being agents of the United States. As a result, doubters have emerged with some criticizing discrepancies in her story. However, Yeonmi puts this criticism to rest by noting that she knows the truth about North Korea. Some details in the story were changed to protect her family members who are still living in North Korea. Additionally, she attributes the discrepancies in her story to her poor command of the English language.

The story of Yeonmi is a tale of victory and the limitless strength of the human spirit. Currently, she resides in New York and gives speeches across the world. She has become a mouthpiece to the millions of people who has watched her Youtube videos and still under oppression in North Korea and across the world.