By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, essentially the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the glossy international. As a toddler Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her college 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By the time she used to be 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun used to be at risk of an analogous. eventually, her mom made up our minds 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. sooner than ultimately attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kinfolk may dwell homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, continue to exist a North Korean exertions camp, and move the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her striking tale to offer voice to the tens of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless discomfort in silence. instructed 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 info for A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
Right up until 1994, I had always had enough to eat because, as I mentioned before, my mother would bring leftovers home from the cafeteria at the hospital. Thanks to her, we ate rice with kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage, on a regular basis. Kimchi, a Korean specialty, stings your tongue a little when you eat it but packs a lot of flavor. Once you’re accustmed to it, you cannot have a meal without it. But, starting when I was nine years old, we no longer had rice every day. At the hospital, foodstuffs were becoming scarcer.
At least five hundred thousand lost their lives. Perhaps the real figure is more than a million, according to some NGOs. In Seoul, I’ve learned that my province, North Hamgyong, was the most affected by the national disaster. The causes of this famine are complex. First, the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 destabilized the North Korean economy; factories, lacking electricity, stopped functioning, fertilizer disappeared from the fields, and food rations became reduced. In 1994, huge floods were the final coup de grâce to the moribund agriculture of my province.
In South Korea, the competition to get the best grades is fierce, but still, I try my best. Few of my classmates are even aware that I did not have the opportunity to go to school for many years, and for the most part, I try to maintain a low profile to avoid drawing attention to the delay in my education. I enjoy learning and studying, especially at the beginning of each semester when the professors are fresh and enthusiastic. Later tonight, around ten o’clock, I’ll return to our little apartment, situated right in the heart of Seoul, where I’ll see my older sister, Keumsun, and my mother.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim