By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the glossy international. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her institution 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By the time she used to be 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun used to be at risk of a similar. eventually, her mom determined to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, now not figuring out that they have been embarking on a trip that will take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. sooner than eventually attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kin might stay homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, continue to exist a North Korean exertions camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her amazing tale to provide voice to the tens of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless anguish 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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Fortunately, we were never caught in the act. * * * That terrible night in December 1997, Mom, with her eyes closed, lay motionless on the makeshift sleeping bag. All of these memories were undoubtedly playing back and forth in her head. The trip to Rajin-Sonbong had been our last hope. As she was leaving through the doors of our apartment, my mom had thought that she would be able to bring us back food, or at least a way to make money and save us all. But this last attempt had failed. By morning, my mom still hadn’t budged, but, strangely, I felt like she was silently devising a plan in her head.
For the Korean peninsula to reunite, we are going to need the help of the entire world. But in order to find the solution, we first must understand the roots of the problem. Since that fateful day in December when I was eleven years old, the day I wrote my will, I have, along with my mother and my sister, found some of these roots. This is my story. 3 As a young girl, I never could have imagined that my life would change so quickly and so drastically. I didn’t know it then, but after the winter of 1997, I would no longer have my childhood.
Their trip to Rajin-Sonbong had been unsuccessful. They weren’t able to bring back any food, and I was starving. I hadn’t put anything edible in my mouth since the tasteless concoction of water and dried turnip leaves ran out two days ago. I was terribly disappointed, but did not dare show it. Mom looked exhausted and distraught after her long, unproductive journey, and reading the note I had left on the table certainly didn’t help. There was no food in the apartment, so she just drank a glass of water as her eyes swept around the dark and empty room.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim