By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim was once born in North Korea, essentially the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the smooth international. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her college box journeys to public executions, day-by-day self-criticism periods, and the expanding gnaw of starvation because the country-wide famine escalated.
By the time she was once 11 years previous, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of an identical. ultimately, 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. prior to ultimately achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her relations might dwell homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, live to tell the tale a North Korean hard work camp, and pass the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her outstanding tale to offer voice to the tens 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
Then I washed my face with cold water, which in winter was often freezing. After cleaning myself up, I carefully ironed my school uniform, which consisted of a navy blue skirt, a white blouse, and a little red scarf that signified membership in the Children’s League. I was not yet allowed to wear the little pin with Kim Jong-il’s likeness on it that everyone pinned over his or her breast after joining the Youth League. While it was still not yet light outside, I would rush out to find my friends in the big esplanade at the center of town.
One day later, my dad collapsed once again, and this time, he never recovered. We didn’t even have enough money to pay for a proper burial. His tomb was just a hole dug in the mud, and all we could do was leave a plank of wood with his name written on it, so that his death wouldn’t go unremarked, so that he wouldn’t be forgotten, at least not too quickly. A few weeks later, someone stole the wooden plank. Most likely they wanted to use it as firewood—people were ready to do just about anything to ensure their survival.
For two days, I survived on this tasteless concoction. Another two days passed, during which time I didn’t eat anything. Except for my third trip to Rajin-Sonbong, I no longer even had enough energy to go out and beg or steal. Little by little, my body started to get used to the stabbing hunger in my stomach, but I lost all of my strength. Overcome by my weakness, I tried to sleep. I felt like the ground was going to open up and swallow me, like I was going to get sucked into the depths of the earth.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim