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In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

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If you are going to read the book I would recommend avoiding articles and interviews until you're done. Park's surprising openness about the problems with freedom should not be taken lightly by the reader, as she makes a strong case about the perils of removing those who had no choices and supersaturating them with options and pathways. It was only a firm motivation to make her way to South Korea that kept Yeonmi strong and prepared for freedom, a dream that Christian missionaries sought to fulfil. Yeomi highlighted her own personal story of herself and her family but millions of other peoples stories through writing her own struggles.

Adding layers of oppression and making the light of freedom look all the better will sell books, especially to complement the media reports of increased aggression and assassination of familial members, though part of me could not help but accept the stories that fill these pages as being more realistic than reserve-propaganda. But Yeonmi's struggles were only just beginning as her mother was almost immediately raped and then they were bought and sold, and abused by successive waves of human traffickers.Park Yeon-mi (Korean: 박연미) is a North Korean defector and human rights activist who escaped from North Korea to China in 2007 and settled in South Korea in 2009, before moving to the United States in 2014.

I’m not going to say anymore here because Yeonmi’s account is simply honest, educating and truly truly important. Never have I imagined what the truth is actually like for North Korean people, and it was devastating to read about famine, extreme poverty, and schools where even mathematics were turned into propaganda to enforce the North Korean regime and diminish the “nasty Yankees” from America.We don’t feel like human beings: people don’t feel that they can connect with North Koreans, that we’re so different. But we are repeating history – there are thousands of testimonies, you can see the concentration camps from satellite photos, so many people are dying.

But while Ishikawa’s story has a prominent thread of bitterness, Park’s story infuses forgiveness and a spirit of justice.Such an exceptional book which reminded me to not take my freedom for granted and to be grateful for the little things in life. Es öffnet die Augen und gibt tiefe, bewegende, schokierende Einblicke in brutale Systeme (totalitäre Diktatur und Menschenhandel). This harrowing story by a very pretty young girl fits in well with the US constantly demonising North Korea.

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