The Real Life Struggle of Yeonmi Park
Yeonmi Park knows struggle. She doesn’t have to read any sad tales from any fictional books. She has a true life story that gives a nail-biting account of a lot of what she endured growing up in North Korea.
There are some naysayers that are trying to twist up the encounters that Park has recalled throughout her book. They would like to poke holes in the timeline of the story that Park has presented. In her recollection of the story Park has stated that she has actually only given readers a brief synopsis of the true truth behind this escape to freedom.
There have not been a lot of people that have read “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” with a dry eye. It is a heart-wrenching story that begs one to ask what they are doing to prevent this. It makes people question humanity, and that is exactly what Park needed to do. She may not have had this desire to do it, but it would only be a matter of time before people started to look in the inhumane conditions that defectors faced before escaping North Korea.
With the book Park has become the human rights activist on Youtube that many others needed. She would be that voice that cried out to the rest of the world. So many people have been ignorant of what was going on. Park has struggled with her own demons, and it has taken her much courage to articulate what happened in her life. She may have been too traumatized to remember it all, but the pain is real. The story is a real one that speaks to people that have been in the dark about this way of life.
There are many girls that did not survive. There are others that survived but refused to talk about the conditions that they endured. Yeonmi is a rare individual that fell at the other end of their spectrum. She endured the harsh conditions and lived to tell about it. She is concerned about others, and that is why she speaks out.