Yeonmi Park is a young woman with an interesting past. Though she is only in her early twenties, Ms. Park has suffered more than more people in the world. She is a rare case of the few people who know true suffering and who now have tasted the sweetness of freedom as well as living away from an oppressive country. Ms. Park’s rare childhood is a result of the fact that she is not only from North Korean, but she is also a North Korean defector who escaped with her parents at a young age. Yeonmi’s story is a unique story and is one that has not been told often as being a North Korean defector is a dangerous anomaly. With her understanding of suffering and her experiences [Read more:], Ms. Park has become a passionate human rights activist with the mission to help those who have been treated poorly or abused against the law.
Yeonmi Park’s story is specifically told through her new Amazon book which is called In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom. This book tells her story of her defection from beginning to end and gives the public an insight on her reasons for escaping from the country. Her story has recently been retold by Reason TV, begins with the fact that she was born into a prominent working class family that fell into hard times during the collapse of the economy in the 1990s. This devastation eventually forced the father of Ms. Park to begin smuggling metals to China.

Though this new occupation was a way to provide for his family, he eventually was caught and was thrown into a labor camp. With no money and no way to eat, Ms. Park and her mother and father escaped from the labor camp and fled for the border to China. During this adventure, Ms. Park suffered loss as her father passed away during this time and she suffered from physical pain and starvation. Her story of finding freedom is an inspiring one and is a reminder of how much people really should cherish basic rights. Ms. Park is and plans to continue on helping individuals cross the border to safety. Visit her wikipedia page for further information.