Yeonmi Park is a human rights activist and an escapee from the world’s most closed and oppressive regime, North Korea. She now lectures at major events like the New York Times interview which highlights corruption, human rights abuses and the stripping of basic rights that many of us take for granted.
Miss Park has written a book about her tumultuous journey to Freedom. Titled In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom is autobiographical account of her life story. The book begins with her early childhood in North Korea and recounts the horrors of one of the country’s worst famines which is estimated to have killed millions of North Koreans. Yeonmi survived the famine, but the horrors of it remain embedded in her mind today. She also describes her family, and the decision they made to try and escape their country in order for a chance of freedom and a better life in China.
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom then moves on to describe her time in China, where was forced to live in the shadows to avoid deportation back to North Korea. She recounts her escape to Mongolia to avoid the Chinese authorities and abuse there.
Yeonmi Park’s autobiography is divided up into three sections. The first chronicles her early life in North Korea. The second part describes the time she spent in China hiding along with her mother. The last section describes her achieving freedom and the recovery in South Korea. In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom is available on Amazon.com in hardcover, paperback and audio format.