In a world where humanity faces all sorts of issues and struggles, it should be known that there are plenty of human rights activists out there to speak on such issues. Yeonmi Park, a North Korean native, is one example of these people.
Yeonmi Park was born on October 4, 1993 in the Hyesan district in North Korea. Her mother worked as a nurse for the North Korean Army and her father was a civil servant for the North Korean Worker’s Party. For most of her youth, her family was considered privileged and wealthy by most standards. However things changed as she got older, specifically after her father was accused of illegal activities such as insider trading and was imprisoned at one of the notorious prison camps. Between this and getting her hands on a pirated movie,Yeonmi Park eventually saw just how oppressive and brutal the government run by dictator Kim Jong-Il was, and thus prompted her and her family to escape the country.
Upon meeting up with her father at a later date, the first move the family made was to escape North Korea and flee into China. The family was able to successfully do this, while enlisting help from human traffickers who specialized in moving people. Her father did not make the journey, due to falling ill and later being diagnosed with colon cancer. Despite his sickness, the family pressed forward and eventually crossed into Mongolia, with Christian missionaries and other human rights activists aiding them. From there the family decided to take a risk and made their way to South Korea, where they were able to eventually start a new life.