Yeonmi Park is a 22-year-old North Korean woman who has exposed the horrible living conditions within that nation. In Park’s book In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom retells the amazing but horrible story about the things that Park and her family had to experience to leave the country. Yeon-mi’s story is one of heartache, danger, death and hope. The book was published in September of 2015 and has sold well in the market.
Yeon-mi’s novel according to a News.AU review details her life starting from the time she was born in 1993 up until the time she left North Korea sometime around 2007. Yeon-mi’s father, Park Jin Sik, was a former trader turned smuggler. Park Jin Sik’s family was struggling and he eventually turned to illegal smuggling to help keep them afloat. Eventually, he was apprehended for his crimes. Keep in mind that Yeon-mi’s dad was not a common criminal. He turned to smuggling not just to support his family but as a means of protest against Kim Jong il’s leadership. Jong il was the former dictator over North Korea during the 90s.
After be incarcerated for a long time, Park Jin Sik was released from jail. When he returned home during the 2000s he already had decided to defect from North Korea. He gathered up his family and prepared to make that journey. By 2006 they were ready to leave. Yeon-mi’s older sister left with a friend without telling the family. Yeon-mi and her mother had to make the initial departure on their own. Park Jin Sik had stayed behind but would later reunite with Yeonmi Park and her mother.
Yeon-mi and her mom endured many hardships in the quest to freedom. They were traveling with smugglers and had to keep free from the horrible conditions that presented themselves from these people. Even though the journey was long and dangerous the Park’s eventually made it to freedom in South Korea. Yeon-mi’s father had died along the way. She was also reunited with her sister as well. Yeon-mi’s book as revealed by NK News is just one outlet that she uses to tell the world about North Korea and how she is glad to no longer live in that horrible place.