A Difficult Journey: The Story of Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park has been accused of being an agent for the United States and being a puppet for western sentiments. All of these accusations are coming from the government of her birth country, North Korea. Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector and, because of her shocking story, has become a well known human rights advocate. She speaks out against the cruelty she felt and saw during her childhood in the northern part of North Korea.

Park has shared stories during her speaking engagement and, more vividly, in her autobiography. The 22 year old defector wrote of the hardships her family faced due to an oppressive regime and a painful famine that swept across the entire country. She wrote of dinner being a frozen potato or sometimes it was insects. Park also wrote of always being afraid. She was afraid because of what her mother told her and what she saw with her own eyes. Park’s mother told her to never question the regime because she would be punished. She said the regime was always watching, through the birds and insects and even the walls. Park also saw extreme violence, whether it was seeing civilians lined up to be executed by firing squad on a public road or walking past piled up bodies by piles garbage. Park was afraid.

When Park’s father was arrested and sent to prison camp, the family chose to leave. Park and her mother escaped the country on a cold night in March of 2007. A guide helped them find their way to China. Unfortunately, the guide sold them into a Chinese human trafficking ring. Park and her mother suffered multiple kinds of abuse but after two years, were finally freed. They trekked across China and the Gobi Desert and found their way into Mongolia. Once there, they were flown to South Korea.

Park and her mother were reunited with family and now actively advocated for the millions of people on Youtube of North Korea.

If you would like to read the entire article, please go here: https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story.





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