By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, essentially the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the smooth global. As a toddler 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By the time she used to be 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of an analogous. ultimately, her mom determined to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer figuring out that they have been embarking on a trip that will take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. earlier than eventually attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her relatives might reside homeless, fall into the arms 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 outstanding tale to provide voice to the tens of hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless soreness in silence. informed 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
At the hospital, she had learned of the news with her coworkers, and one of them had suffered a heart attack from the shock. On that day, many people across the country died from shock. My mom was devastated, because she loved our president with all her heart. In Pyongyang, when she was a child, she had gone to school near Mangyongdae, the little farmhouse where Kim Il-sung was born. Going to Kim Il-sung’s birthplace has become a national pilgrimage for North Koreans; I visited it myself when I was very little.
I was told that was how he had gotten the idea to launch a socialist revolution. * * * Today, these lies have been dispelled in my mind. In Seoul, I have learned about the horrific labor camps in my home country, where at least a hundred and fifty thousand prisoners are slowly dying right this moment. I was unaware of the existence of these camps when I lived in North Korea; I only knew that people were disappearing. In Seoul, you often hear about other defectors who have escaped like I have. I understand now that our country was in fact a vast prison, where the detainees were unaware of the extent of their misfortune, since their first priority was always fighting for their lives.
Inside the bags, there were packs of chewing gum, toffees, sugar-covered soybean paste, and cookies. On the way back, I would hold my bag tight against my body, hidden underneath a cloth that my mom had given me, in order to avoid having my sweets stolen by other children. * * * Even after I arrived in South Korea, it took me a long time to see the truth about my home country. I did not want to believe that Kim Jong-il was a ruthless dictator. In Seoul, I read a book written by Kim Jong-il’s former Japanese cook, who fled to Tokyo to escape from his clutches after having prepared sushi for him for many years.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim