Yeonmi Park‘s heart wrenching story is now being told about defecting from North Korea,overcoming Fear and Starvation and her mistrust in Men. In Order to Live is her auto biography of her life in North Korea where she grew up in a harsh and cruel world of dictatorships and stricken with poverty. This truly amazing true story will define your faith,hopes, and morality while keeping you engaged in compassion and empathy for another.
At the young age of 13 , Yeonmi and her mother fled North Korea for a glimpse of freedom in China. Upon arriving to China, her nightmares had just begun when Chinese Gangsters and Human-Traffickers took her for forced marriages and prostitution, separating her from her mother. In the story She and Her Mother finally reunite and trekked across vast miles of the Gobi dessert in search of real freedom. Complete Freedom.
This memoir of her personal story will bring you to share in her pain and rejoice in her winning against the evil in this world. Her hopes are that ” I hope my book will shine a light on the darkest place in the world.” And we commend her for such bravery, strength and compassion. She tells of shutting down inside her mind and only remembering and regaining insight while writing this book, “In Order to Live” due to having post traumatic stress. In North Korea there is no help with traumatic stress or even jobs for it. She also regained the rest of her memory with the help from her Mom, Sister and from other family members who survived the ordeal together and found freedom. “In Order to Live” has been an avenue for Yeonmi Park to be able to release her feelings and continue to heal.
Since she has written her book “In Order to Live” the Kim regime has spread malicious propaganda about her and her family and she’s had to live in fear of them harming her family. But she feels like the story still had to be told no matter what and stands by her decision to help others by writing this book. “But I knew what was going on in North Korea and I knew I had to speak up about it. It was unacceptable”
Yeonmi is healing. and studying Criminal Justice at a University in South Korea. She also is diligently working as an activist to help others in her situation at different conferences. She has recently spoken at the One Young World Summit in Dublin and also at the Un Human Rights session in North Korea. She hopes that people will take heed to her warnings about the millions of people that are suffering in North Korea and other countries in things like concentration camps and the Holocaust. We applaud her and wish her the best in taking a stand against cruelty in many forms.
This is a summary of the original article about Yeonmi Park’s autobiography “In Order to Live” written for publication at the guardian.com and can be viewed from this link