In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom Author Yeonmi Park
ISBN-10 014310974X
ISBN-13 9780143109747
Year 2016-09-27
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape Parks family was loving and close knit but life in North Korea was brutal practically medieval Park would regularly go without food and was made to believe that Kim Jong Il the countrys dictator could read her mind After her father was imprisoned and tortured by the regime for trading on the black market a risk he took in order to provide for his wife and two young daughters Yeonmi and her family were branded as criminals and forced to the cruel margins of North Korean society With thirteen year old Park suffering from a botched appendectomy and weighing a mere sixty pounds she and her mother were smuggled across the border into China I wasnt dreaming of freedom when I escaped from North Korea I didnt even know what it meant to be free All I knew was that if my family stayed behind we would probably diefrom starvation from disease from the inhuman conditions of a prison labor camp The hunger had become unbearable I was willing to risk my life for the promise of a bowl of rice But there was more to our journey than our own survival My mother and I were searching for my older sister Eunmi who had left for China a few days earlier and had not been heard from since Park knew the journey would be difficult but could not have imagined the extent of the hardship to come Those years in China cost Park her childhood and nearly her life By the time she and her mother made their way to South Korea two years later her father was dead and her sister was still missing Before now only her mother knew what really happened between the time they crossed the Yalu river into China and when they followed the stars through the frigid Gobi Desert to freedom As she writes I convinced myself that a lot of what I had experienced never happened I taught myself to forget the rest In In Order to Live Park shines a light not just into the darkest corners of life in North Korea describing the deprivation and deception she endured and which millions of North Korean people continue to endure to this day but also onto her own most painful and difficult memories She tells with bravery and dignity for the first time the story of how she and her mother were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery in China and forced to suffer terrible psychological and physical hardship before they finally made their way to Seoul South Koreaand to freedom Still in her early twenties Yeonmi Park has lived through experiences that few people of any age will ever knowand most people would never recover from Park confronts her past with a startling resilience refusing to be defeated or defined by the circumstances of her former life in North Korea and China In spite of everything she has never stopped being proud of where she is from and never stopped striving for a better life Indeed today she is a human rights activist working determinedly to bring attention to the oppression taking place in her home country Parks testimony is rare edifying and terribly important and the story she tells in In Order to Live is heartbreaking and unimaginable but never without hope Her voice is riveting and dignified This is the human spirit at its most indomitable

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