By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, essentially the most secretive and oppressive nations within the sleek 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By the time she was once 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun used to be at risk of an identical. ultimately, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that will take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. prior to ultimately attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family members could stay homeless, fall into the palms of chinese language human traffickers, live on a North Korean exertions camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her striking tale to offer 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, finally, a testomony to the power and resilience of the human spirit.
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Extra info for A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
In South Korea, I can travel the same distance in under twenty minutes on a high-speed train. Back in North Korea, only the capital had modern amenities, like the metro stations that I found so dazzling. I now find myself thinking of everyone I left behind, all of the people from whom I have heard nothing at all since I left my country. Then I was eleven years old, hungry, and without a home. My aunts, my uncles, my friends at school … have they survived the famine? On the train, another rider stares at me out of the corner of his eye, as if I am some outsider who doesn’t belong here.
We would never have imagined that the regime would allow us to die of hunger. We depended entirely upon government rations to feed us, and thus succumbed more quickly than others who had learned to develop alternative methods of survival. Only those who had developed black-market sources of money had the means to buy food, and only the highest-ranking officials and military personnel had access to government provisions. Alas, it was the middle-ranked officials, like my grandfather, who suffered the most when the rations ended.
Mustering up all the courage I had within me, I crossed the bridge over the river and took the main road up to the train station. There were not many people walking along the sidewalks, but even so I made sure to get a good look at everyone who passed by, just in case my mother was coming back from the other direction. On my left, I glimpsed the noodle shop where I used to love eating, where my dad had taken me on special occasions. A little farther up the road, I caught sight of the photo studio where my family had once had a family portrait taken.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim