Yeonmi Park Tells Her Refugee Story In Her New Book

The issue of the treatment of refugees around the world has been a hot topic for many news stations around the world. In the midst of the latest refugee crisis comes a new memoir by North Korean refugee Yeonmi Park that seeks to explain just how she and her family escaped the tyrannical regime that affected every aspect of her life. The memoir, ‘In Order To Live: A Young Girl’s Journey To Freedom’ explains the hardships and extended length of time Park spent traveling across Asia under constant threat from people smugglers. Yeonmi Park and her family seemed to be part of the elite of North Korea, which gave the family a sense of protection from the issues facing many in the communist country. Park reveals the starvation even her family with a father working as a government official faced, which forced her father to sell goods on the black market; a decision that led to Park’s father being imprisoned and the family left destitute. The majority of the book deals with the story of the escape of Yeonmi Park and her family from North Korea, with some unheard details included in the book. The story of Yeonmi Park is presented here without any censorship and includes the brutal actions of people smugglers aimed towards herself, her sister, and mother. Following the completion of their epic journey a glimpse into the life Yeonmi Park now lives shows just how important the assistance refugees receive is to those around the world who are in need. Yeonmi Park shot to global attention following her speech at the One Young World summit in 2014 and has since continued to seek out the best options for assisting others who wish to escape North Korea. The experiences park has undergone have informed her many decisions that include returning to her education and becoming an advocate for refugees from every corner of the globe. The life of Yeonmi Park has changed immensely since her family made the decision to escape North Korea and seek sanctuary in South Korea. During her recent works Yeonmi Park has been seeking to publicize on Youtube the fact that the people of both North and South Korea are simply Koreans, and therefore should not be separated by any borders or ideological issues.