By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, some of the most secretive and oppressive nations within the glossy global. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her tuition box journeys to public executions, day-by-day self-criticism classes, and the expanding gnaw of starvation because the country-wide famine escalated.
By the time she was once 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun used to be at risk of an identical. ultimately, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that will take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. ahead of eventually achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kinfolk could stay homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, live on a North Korean hard work camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her impressive tale to provide voice to the tens of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless discomfort in silence. advised with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, eventually, a testomony to the energy and resilience of the human spirit.
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Extra resources for A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
As soon as I finished, as payback I denounced the behavior of the classmate who had sold me out. To be honest, I felt a sense of sadistic pleasure in getting revenge because I was jealous of this girl. Her dad worked in the same factory as mine, but since he was ranked one level higher than my father, her family received better provisions than mine did. At school, you needed to respect the class hierarchy. At the beginning of each year, we “elected” a class president and other people responsible for other important tasks.
In spite of everything, for the first few years of the 1990s, I generally felt pretty content. Nothing made me happier than to have my father pick me up after school. Some days, he would take me to the movies, using tickets he had gotten ahold of as a result of his connections at work. He worked at a weapons factory called “January 20th,” named in commemoration of the day that Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, paid it a personal visit. In North Korea, the names of most buildings were dates, in honor of visits from North Korean leaders.
Everyone put on display in front of their houses what few possessions they had left, which they would sell in order to buy food, whose prices were soaring. * * * Since escaping North Korea, I have learned that we were victims of the “Great Famine” that devastated my country in the middle of the 1990s. To this day, no one knows exactly how many people perished in this tragedy, which the government denies ever happened. At least five hundred thousand lost their lives. Perhaps the real figure is more than a million, according to some NGOs.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim
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