How Writing Can Help Everyone: How it Helped Yeonmi Park
November 19, 2015 - Author: steph
Those who know about Yeonmi Park know that it can be very hard to recover from half of the stuff that she has gone through. One thing that helped her recover from all of the trials that she has underwent from her childhood up was to write a book that shed light on the problem in North Korea. North Korea has been a dictatorship for a long time. Yeonmi Park was born as someone with no rights as she has written in her book “In Order o Live”. This book provides some of the most gruesome pictures of what happened.
The book also talks about her escape with her mother which turned out to be just the beginning of her nightmare when she ended up being trafficked. She spent a good chunk of her life after that trying to fight off her owners and keep them from violating her. The book also has gone into some of what she has had to do in order to survive.
While it was hard for Yeonmi to experience everything that she has experienced, it was also hard to write it down and to talk about the current state of North Korea. When Yeonmi Park at nknews.org appeared and made her speech, she did find it hard to keep her composure. However, other people in the room were breaking down. For one thing, it has proven to be a bit challenging for Yeonmi to adjust to her new living conditions. She has learned what it meant to be free. Yeonmi has just looked forward to watching what she wants without getting in any kind of legal trouble. However, she was also allowed to express herself freely.
This is one thing that Yeonmi Park has found rather encouraging. She has seen that people were able to talk freely about anyone and anything including their president or the one in charge. This is what helped inspire her to make a change for more people. She has seen the blessing of her freedom. She wants others to truly experience the freedom of other countries. She understands what life truly is and she wants that for others as well.
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Harrowing Journey of Yeonmi Park
November 12, 2015 - Author: steph
Yeonmi Park is a South Korean citizen who was born on October 4, 1993, in Hyesan, North Korea. She works as a human rights activist and hails from a nuclear family made up of her father, mother, sister and herself. She has been great encouragement to most people by openly sharing her painful stories while in North Korea. According to the standards of North Korea during most of Parks’ childhood, their family was among the wealthy. Both her parents were earning a living. Her father was a civil servant who worked as part of the Workers’ Party at the town hall in Hyesan, and her mother was a North Korean Army nurse. Later on, Parks’ father moved to Pyongyang to seek for greener pastures. Here he started operations in metal smuggling that in turn led to his incarceration since the business was illegal. Park narrates saying that life changed after her fathers’ incarceration. They had to struggle to ensure they survived. When Parks’ father had a reunion with his family, he gave advice to the family to escape to China. Eunmi, Parks’ elder sister, escaped earlier to China without notifying the family. Park and her mother were smuggled by brokers who did the business of moving North Koreans to China. Parks’ father did not accompany the two to China because he was suffering from an ailment that he thought would slow down their movement. While in China they tried asking the traffickers about Eunmis’ whereabouts but all was in vain, so they concluded that she had passed away. In October 2007, Parks’ father was smuggled to China where the family was living secretly. Within a short period Parks’ father died and this added more pain to the family. Mourning him was a problem hence Park and her mother avoided it so as not to be discovered by the Chinese authorities. By good luck, Park and her mother found a shelter at the Qingdao port city that was led by South Koreans and Chinese missionaries. Evading the authorities’ attention was possible since the city had a large Korean population. In 2009, Park and her mother moved through Gobi Desert headed to Mongolia after Christians and human rights activists offering aid to them. It was a very difficult situation for these two when they arrived at the Mongolian border. Guards threatened to report them to the authorities for them to be deported back to China. The pair pledged to commit murder by stabbing themselves. They were able to persuade the guards through their actions. Therefore, they were left through. Later on in April the same year Park and her mother flew to Seoul after being sent to Ulan Bastor Airport by the authorities. Park narrates on BBC that on reaching South Korea they had difficulties in adjusting to the new life. Park and her mother secured job opportunities as waitresses and shop attendants, and this was able to sustain them. Park saw the need of continuing education and so she joined Dongguk University where she majored in criminal justice. In April 2014, Park and her mother reunited with Eunmi by the help of South Korean intelligence.
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