North Korea is the kind of country once dreamed about in fiction by authors predisposed toward dystopian novels. For the residents of North Korea, the citizens stuck there, their life has been anything but fiction. Being born in North Korea typically means a life of borderline indentured servitude to a ruling class that does anything but respect, love, or cherish its citizens. Yeonmi Park, once just a teenage girl living in the oppressive country, stands tall and above the country that would have once tried to hold Yeonmi Park, down as reported by Reason.com. Yeonmi Park is a refugee from North Korea who, by sheer will alone, managed to escape the oppressive country by a road difficult than most people could fathom.
Yeonmi Park, author of Amazon released book “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”, has recounted her tale numerous times since being discovered at the One World Summit so long ago. With porcelain skin and eyes the size of saucers it is almost impossible to believe that she has survived the terrors that she recounts through halting English and with a soft, timid voice. But rest assured, it’s true. If you had any doubt as to the veracity of her statements you need look no further than how strong North Korean’s propaganda arm has come out against Park.
Pyongyang has been heavily involved in the vilification of Yeonmi Park through various forms of propaganda hit pieces. Yeonmi is currently labeled as “The Puppet of the Human Rights Plot” and she is accused of being the face of Western propaganda against North Korea. Pyongyang has since called Yeonmi Park a ‘celebrity defector’ and they’ve released numerous melodramatic videos on NK News with the sole intention of playing down her story or calling her an outright liar. These aren’t the actions of an innocent country.
That isn’t to say that Yeonmi Park hasn’t admitted to manipulating her story — accidentally. Park initially hid some of her story’s details out of the shame that it brought her and her family, something common from those who have been deeply abused. A full expose of her story can be read in her newest book.