Making the Break from North Korea

The hermit nation of North Korea is one of the most dangerous nations in the world. It doesn’t allow its citizens in or out of the country, while essentially brain washing those who live in the country with constant propaganda everyone on the outside of the nation knows is false, yet everyone on the inside of the country simply doesn’t know is going on. So, for those who want to make it out of the country, it is extremely difficult and even more dangerous. However, Yeonmi Park made it out. She stated in a book she wrote that she didn’t know what freedom was and just didn’t understand the concept. However, now she is free, and her book on Amazon“In Order to Live: A North Korean’s Girl’s Journey to Freedom” outlines all of it. In North Korea, for anyone looking to escape, there are two ways: down to South Korea and up to China. Escaping into South Korea is especially difficult due to the demilitarized zone that is filled with mines and is protected by soldiers from both sides of the border. On the other end, in China, it is not as protected and individuals need to escape by crossing the Yalu River, but there are countless agents within China who are looking out for those trying to escape. In 2007, Park crossed the river into China with her mother. At the time, Yeonmi Park was 13 years old and didn’t really know what to do after. They hadn’t seen what takes place on the outside of the country, so everything else did prove foreign to her. Remaining in China is not safe either. Without paperwork or other documentation, being able to move through China is difficult and often results in capture. Her and her mother eventually made it to Mongolia and took a plane to South Korea. Now, the sad part about the entire story is that she did have to change her name and other information about herself, especially while writing her book. Regardless though, the North Korean government treats family members of those who escape with extreme cruelty, often banishing them and future generations to work camps.