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In Order to Live - A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom-logo

In Order to Live - A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park

"I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea." Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape. Park's family was loving and close-knit, but life in North Korea was brutal, practically medieval. Park would regularly go without food and was made to believe that, Kim Jong Il, the country's dictator, could read her mind. After her father was imprisoned and tortured by the regime for trading on the black-market, a risk he took in order to provide for his wife and two young daughters, Yeonmi and her family were branded as criminals and forced to the cruel margins of North Korean society. With thirteen-year-old Park suffering from a botched appendectomy and weighing a mere sixty pounds, she and her mother were smuggled across the border into China. I wasn't dreaming of freedom when I escaped from North Korea. I didn't even know what it meant to be free. All I knew was that if my family stayed behind, we would probably die-from starvation, from disease, from the inhuman conditions of a prison labor camp. The hunger had become unbearable; I was willing to risk my life for the promise of a bowl of rice. But there was more to our journey than our own survival. My mother and I were searching for my older sister, Eunmi, who had left for China a few days earlier and had not been heard from since. Park knew the journey would be difficult, but could not have imagined the extent of the hardship to come. Those years in China cost Park her childhood, and nearly her life. By the time she and her mother made their way to South Korea two years later, her father was dead and her sister was still missing. Before now, only her mother knew what really happened between the time they crossed the Yalu river into China and when they followed the stars through the frigid Gob

"I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea." Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape. Park's family was loving and close-knit, but life in North Korea was brutal, practically medieval. Park would regularly go without food and was made to believe that, Kim Jong Il, the country's dictator, could read her mind. After her father was imprisoned and tortured by the regime for trading on the black-market, a risk he took in order to provide for his wife and two young daughters, Yeonmi and her family were branded as criminals and forced to the cruel margins of North Korean society. With thirteen-year-old Park suffering from a botched appendectomy and weighing a mere sixty pounds, she and her mother were smuggled across the border into China. I wasn't dreaming of freedom when I escaped from North Korea. I didn't even know what it meant to be free. All I knew was that if my family stayed behind, we would probably die-from starvation, from disease, from the inhuman conditions of a prison labor camp. The hunger had become unbearable; I was willing to risk my life for the promise of a bowl of rice. But there was more to our journey than our own survival. My mother and I were searching for my older sister, Eunmi, who had left for China a few days earlier and had not been heard from since. Park knew the journey would be difficult, but could not have imagined the extent of the hardship to come. Those years in China cost Park her childhood, and nearly her life. By the time she and her mother made their way to South Korea two years later, her father was dead and her sister was still missing. Before now, only her mother knew what really happened between the time they crossed the Yalu river into China and when they followed the stars through the frigid Gob
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"I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea." Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape. Park's family was loving and close-knit, but life in North Korea was brutal, practically medieval. Park would regularly go without food and was made to believe that, Kim Jong Il, the country's dictator, could read her mind. After her father was imprisoned and tortured by the regime for trading on the black-market, a risk he took in order to provide for his wife and two young daughters, Yeonmi and her family were branded as criminals and forced to the cruel margins of North Korean society. With thirteen-year-old Park suffering from a botched appendectomy and weighing a mere sixty pounds, she and her mother were smuggled across the border into China. I wasn't dreaming of freedom when I escaped from North Korea. I didn't even know what it meant to be free. All I knew was that if my family stayed behind, we would probably die-from starvation, from disease, from the inhuman conditions of a prison labor camp. The hunger had become unbearable; I was willing to risk my life for the promise of a bowl of rice. But there was more to our journey than our own survival. My mother and I were searching for my older sister, Eunmi, who had left for China a few days earlier and had not been heard from since. Park knew the journey would be difficult, but could not have imagined the extent of the hardship to come. Those years in China cost Park her childhood, and nearly her life. By the time she and her mother made their way to South Korea two years later, her father was dead and her sister was still missing. Before now, only her mother knew what really happened between the time they crossed the Yalu river into China and when they followed the stars through the frigid Gob

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eji Kim

Length:

9h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:32


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:21


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:52


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:30


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:35


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:09


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:24


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:28


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:11


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:21


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:32


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:58


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:38


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:12


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:26


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:49


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:04


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:31