In 2007, after years of horrific torment, thirteen-year old Yeonmi Park fled North Korea with her mother. Today, Park is an accomplished human rights activist, and the co-author of a new book, ‘In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom’, chronicling in detail, her harrowing childhood . The book offers insight into a world westerners know little of, and Park does not pull any punches while addressing her demons. Park is courageous when confronting her demons. While Yeonmi Park has spoken about her experiences without delving too deeply into the details, in the Amazon released book ‘In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom’ Park bravely reveals on The Reason TV the overwhelming adversity she faced, introducing the reader to a devastating existence. Yeonmi Park’s book illuminates a world defined by hardship and deceit, one that millions of North Koreans continue to endure. Park is fearless, and her description of her and her mother being sold into sex slavery in China, before her eventual escape to Seoul, South Korea.
Yeonmi Park’s life story is fascinating to say the least. It begins where she grew up, directly across from the Yalu River bordering China. Prior to the economic meltdown during the nineties in North Korea, her family was educated and socially connected. Financially devastated, her father was forced into the black market to prevent his family from starving until being arrested for smuggling and subsequently sentenced to a labor camp. This traumatic event left the family socially stigmatized, and they were immediately put into survival mode. Tall tales and rumors that women from North Korea could find work in China, not to mention their impetuous to simply not starve, led the women to agree to be transported across the Yalu, only to face a heinous cartel of human traffickers. Fortunately, they found a Christian shelter, that aided in their escape via Mongolia, through the Gobi Dessert.