Life can be relatively easy and smooth for some people in the world. But this is not the rule for everyone, as many people who have encountered struggles such as Yeonmi Park can attest to.
Human rights activist Yeonmi Park has recently decided to come out and tell her story on an Amazon released book about her previous life in North Korea and how not everything was as glamorous as it once seemed to her. She recalls how in her younger years her life was almost in a state of bliss and that having good food and water was the happiest she could be. At the same time the word “freedom” meant nothing to her at all, until she saw just how brutal and repressive the North Korean regime led by then-leader Kim Jong-Il could be. This is what led to her and her family fleeing North Korea and enduring hardships just to get to a different country, a move that has earned serious condemnation from current ruler Kim Jong-Un. The North Korean government that appeared n the NK News has even taken to launching propaganda, suggesting that Park’s family are traitorous agents of another nation just to discredit her true story.
Yeonmi Park’s own personal life story began when she first lived in the Hyesan district of North Korea. Her mother was a nurse for the Army and her father was a civil servant for the North Korean Workers Party. Although Park enjoyed a very modest and seemingly “privileged” lifestyle at first, the family encountered struggles as she got older, her father’s imprisonment due to being accused of insider trading being a major example of this. Combined with watching a pirated movie, Park finally saw what freedom could be like, which prompted the family to leave North Korea. The family did so by first escaping into neighboring China and then fleeing to Mongolia, with the aid of many Christian missionaries and human traffickers along the way.