A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim

By Eunsun Kim

Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the sleek global. 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 too was once at risk of ravenous. ultimately, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, now not realizing that they have been embarking on a trip that will take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. earlier than eventually achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family members could stay homeless, fall into the palms of chinese language human traffickers, live to tell the tale a North Korean exertions camp, and move the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, in A Thousand Miles to Freedom, Eunsun is sharing her outstanding tale to offer voice to the hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless discomfort in silence. informed with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, finally, a testomony to the energy and resilience of the human spirit.

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We grew up in one big lie, but I didn’t know it then. At long last, though, my mom was convinced. After all, we didn’t have much left to lose. And once my mother has an idea in her head, it’s impossible to change her mind. Without uttering another word, she started making the proper preparations. We were going to become defectors, traitors to our country. However, at this point, our concerns were far from political. We were guided by our instinct for survival, not by the idea of revolting against the regime.

She was about to do what I would never have imagined possible. She walked straight toward the wall where the portraits of our leaders were hanging, stood up on the tips of her toes, reached out her arms, and removed the portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il; those colored photos of our leaders protected by glass and encased in brown wooden frames. Our two leaders had watched us night and day since my early childhood, like they did in every household in North Korea. Their portraits were everywhere in the country, in every building and on every train in the subway system of Pyongyang.

But it’s true! They don’t always understand me, because I come from a different world entirely. And most people could never even begin to imagine this other world where I was born and raised. * * * The high-speed train vibrates below my feet. All around me, ajumas—the Korean term used to address married or middle-age women—watch their favorite shows on their cell phones with antennas sticking out. Some students, perched atop their high heels and holding on to the train’s metal bars for balance, are listening to their iPods.

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