Yeonmi Park’s book tells of hard life in North Korea
Yeonmi Park’s new book, “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” is the story of a North Korean girls’ escape from North Korea. She has had many articles written, and been interviewed many times, but the book will tell her story in much more detail. The book is written with author Maryanne Vollers and was due to be released in September of 2015.
The book details her life in the small communist nation, where she lived under a repressive regime. Yeonmi Park’s father was accused of black marketing and her whole family were labeled as criminals. She had grown up with typical North Korean propaganda, and was led to believe her country was the greatest and their leader was also the greatest leader. She has told her story of how she and her mother escaped to China and beyond, but the book gives much more intimate details of what her life as like. Yeonmi Park has talked about her experiences in general, and the book gives a picture of what her daily life was like, as a child growing up in North Korea, and great detail about her journey to freedom.
Since her escape on nknews.org, and because she has been so outspoken in telling her story, the government of North Korea has launched a counter campaign. It has released a video contradicting her story, and she has answered those charges. North Koreans have pointed to minor discrepancies in her story, but some of that can be attributed to language as she began being interviewed before she knew much of the English language. Also she has said she changed some details to protect family members still in North Korea, who could get in trouble if she revealed too many details.
But Yeonmi Park has managed to get her story out, an to tell what life is like in the small isolated nation of North Korea. She believes the world needs to know what life is like there, and to understand the difficult situations the people living there are in.
“North Korea is an unimaginable country. We aren’t free to sing, say, wear or think what we want.” she said in a video defending her story and telling what it as like living in North Korea. She grew up thinking leaders could hear her thoughts, and she was told by her mother to not even whisper, because a mouse might hear her.
As a child she saw public executions over minor violations of law. She did escape to China, and saw her mother raped. She as also sold to a sex trafficker but managed to escape that as well. From China she and her mother escaped to Mongolia. She walked across the Gobi Desert.