The government of North Korea has recently been taking aim with a propaganda campaign against 22 year old Yeonmi Park, who has become one of the most outspoken campaigners against the Communist regime. In a reason.com article the story of Yeonmi Park has been told with details of her journey from North Korea to freedom in South Korea, which took her from escape in 2007 to her arrival in South Korea in 2009.
The story of the escape of Yeonmi Park from North Korea begins with her father looking to provide food for his family, which despite his high ranking government role he was struggling to do. After selling goods via the black market to pay for food the patriarch of the family was sentenced to hard labor in a North Korean jail, which would be the first stage in the family looking for escape.
Park, her mother, and sister were the first members of the family to head for freedom under the supposed protection of people smugglers they linked up with after crossing the freezing waters between North Korea and China. The family faced tremendous hardships at the hands of the smugglers and would later find themselves facing issues like starvation and thoughts of suicide a constant issue.
After arriving in South Korea after an almost two year journey to South Korea Yeonmi park decided to reveal the truth about her time living under the Communist regime, and the details of her journey. Park completed a memoir “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom”, which has led to her appearing in many different forms of media and at major public events. Yeonmi Park stated on Reason,com she has refused to be silenced by a campaign against her by North Korean officials, and continues to work to raise the awareness of the problems facing those living under the regime; the plight of refugees seeking to escape closed societies has become a major cause for Park, who wishes to make sure her voice is heard as the many issues of these problems remain a topic for discussion.