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Yeonmi Park Exposes Harsh Life in North Korea

Yeonmi Park, an author and a defector from North Korea, recalls her childhood in this impoverished nation of 25 million people. The whole population lives in fear and some citizens are tortured, or even killed, often for no good reason.

The current dictator, Kim Jong-Un, inherited the country after his equally brutal father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn was the son of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-Sung. How far Kim Jong-Un is willing to go? It looks like he’s willing to go as far as he likes, which had been seen in a recent execution of his own uncle.

The Army generals also get executed if Kim Jong-Un doesn’t like them according to NK News. He even executed a singer because he got bored of her. This 33-year-old has been educated in Switzerland, yet acts as a Middle Ages tyrant.

Yeonmi Park was able to escape from North Korea with her mother when it was ruled by current leader’s father, Kim Jong-Il. She recalls on The Reason TV seeing the pictures of the “Supreme Leader” everywhere. These were as common as seeing people starving and dying on the street. It came to the point that she even thought that he could be in her own head, hearing her thoughts- such was the fear of the beasty tyrant.

Yeonmi’s father was sentenced to 17 years in a labor camp for smuggling metal in order to feed his family. While Yeonmi and her mom escaped her father never made it- instead he died of untreated cancer.

Currently, the 23-year-old Yeonmi Park of the Youngvoicesadvocates has been working on exposing the brutality of the North Korea regime. She recently published a book called “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” It tells her story of life in her impoverished and terrorized homeland, and of her escape.