In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

bookshelves: radio-4, autumn-2015, autobiography-memoir, nonfiction, north-korea, published-2015

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from October 23 to 30, 2015

Description: Human rights advocate Oona Chaplin reads the North Koeran defector, Yeonmi Park’s remarkable account of her escape from one of the world’s most repressive regimes, and her struggle for survival. Aged thirteen, she and her mother crossed the North Korean border into China where the pair fell into an underworld of human traffickers. Following their harrowing experiences, the two crossed the Gobi desert into Mongolia before they finally found freedom in South Korea. In today’s episode, Yeonmi Park recalls what it was like to grow up in a dictatorship.

Twenty-two year old Yeonmi Park is now based in Seoul. She is travelling the world and speaking as a speaker and human rights activist.

1/5: Recalling wjat it was like to grow up in a dictatorship.

2/5: A turning point was reached when Yeonmi’s sister goes missing.

3/5: After a daring escape into China, events take a dark and disturbing turn

4/5: A new and dangerous plan to find freedom takes shape.

5/5: Yeonmi struggles to adjust to freedom, and her sister is still missing

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