The Journey of Yeonmi Park: A Story of Survival and Advocacy for Human Rights

 Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector who became an international human rights activist after escaping from North Korea in 2007. She was born in 1993 in Hyesan, a city in the northern part of North Korea. Yeonmi's father was a government official and her mother was a nurse, but they struggled to provide for their family due to the economic hardship and food shortages in North Korea.

In 2007, when Yeonmi was 13 years old, she and her mother decided to escape North Korea and seek refuge in China. They crossed the frozen Yalu River into China, but their journey was far from over. They were trafficked by human smugglers and sold into slavery in China. Yeonmi and her mother endured years of abuse and exploitation before finally escaping and fleeing to South Korea in 2009.

After settling in South Korea, Yeonmi began to speak out about the human rights abuses and atrocities she had witnessed and experienced in North Korea and China. She has since become a prominent voice in the international human rights community, speaking at events around the world and advocating for the rights of North Korean refugees and other oppressed people.

Yeonmi has written a memoir about her experiences, "In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom," which has been translated into over 20 languages. She has also been featured in numerous documentaries, news programs, and interviews, and has received several awards for her human rights work.