Yeonmi Park may be well known as a human rights activist, but the story of her life in North Korea and eventual escape to freedom is not to be told in a new book. The release of “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom” brings home to the public the truth about the hardships inflicted by the regime in North Korea upon its own people. Released on September 29th 2015, this eagerly awaited autobiography goes into detail about how life is different for those in the ruling elite and those who face a daily battle to simply find enough food to eat. Yeonmi Park has seen both sides of life in North Korea and brings life in North Korea vividly to life, before explaining the horrors facing those who choose to escape the Communist regime and place their lives in the hands of human traffickers.
21 year old Yeonmi Park began her life in affluence after being born into a family of North Korean civil servants, despite the power and influence her family held she had little understanding about freedom and how to enjoy her life. Park explains in detail within her new book how she would spend her time looking for ways to break the control of the North Korean regime, which included viewing a pirated copy of Titanic. The Hollywood blockbuster would provide the inspiration for the escape of Yeonmi Park and her family to South Korea.
The story of the dangerous journey Yeonmi Park undertook with her mother and sister is detailed in her book, including the decision to entrust their lives to Chinese traffickers who would play a huge role in the problems facing her family on their journey to South Korea. Park’s journey did not end with her eventual arrival in South Korea, but saw her embark on a new journey through life that now sees her in demand as a human rights activist, public speaker and author. Yeonmi Park now speaks out against the North Korean regime and for those affected by human rights violations around the world at conferences across the globe.