Life can change in the blink of an eye but not always for the better. Yeonmi Park has lived more hardship in her young life than most people can even speculate. Yeonmi Park, if you haven’t heard of her, is the tiny voice rising up to drown out one of the most oppressive nations on Earth: North Korea. Yeonmi Park is the latest, and most widely known, defector from the secretive and oppressive North Korea. Park escaped the country when she was just a small girl and now she is becoming a leader on the global scene for human rights, as reported by Reason.com.
Yeonmi Park was born and raised in North Korea until she turned 13 years old. Over those 13 years Park learned to keep her voice quiet and never do anything to attract attention to herself or her family.Yeonmi Park tells Daily Mail reporters, “I didn’t know what freedom was,” and she expounds n the concept saying, “I never heard of that word”. For Park happiness was simply having food at the end of the day. Yet, those days were filled with hardships that seem pulled straight from dystopian fiction. Children were taught never to sing or wear nice clothing. They were told never to even whisper about the regime for fear that the “birds and bugs were listening”.
Yeonmi took a long and harrowing journey out of North Korea that spanned several years before she found safety in South Korea. She was sold into human trafficking, forced to work as a child bride, and she had to watch first hand as her was assaulted by human traffickers. Yet she survived and she kept her strength. Now Yeonmi Park is stepping onto the global stage as she releases on Amazon her book, “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”. This book seeks to tell Park’s story in all of its details so that more and more people will become aware of North Korea’s oppressive abuse toward their people. With the reaction that Park has gotten from Pyongyang we can tell that the country is starting to worry about her words.