By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, essentially the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the sleek global. 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By the time she used to be 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of a similar. eventually, her mom determined to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, now not understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that might take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. prior to ultimately attaining South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her relations could dwell homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, continue to exist a North Korean hard work camp, and move the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her awesome tale to provide voice to the tens of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless ache 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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Today, I can openly denounce the regime’s crimes, because I am safely in South Korea. And here, at long last, my stomach is full. * * * Eighteen years have passed, but I still vividly remember the day that our lives as fugitives began. Our journey would last nine years, but I could not have known it then. Night was falling over Eundeok. Spring was well on its way but I was still shivering from the cold, because the temperature had dropped when darkness fell. Keumsun, Mom, and I slipped outside.
My teacher sharply rebuked me, when she called me over after a classmate denounced me. The next day, I reluctantly had to do my self-criticism. As soon as I finished, as payback I denounced the behavior of the classmate who had sold me out. To be honest, I felt a sense of sadistic pleasure in getting revenge because I was jealous of this girl. Her dad worked in the same factory as mine, but since he was ranked one level higher than my father, her family received better provisions than mine did.
Worse, I knew I had written some very harsh things to my mom. She found the note, which I had left on the coffee table. I held my breath as she silently read from the page. Her face revealed no emotion, and I will never know what she was thinking in that particular moment. As she read, I could feel my joy slowly fading away. And then it vanished completely when I realized, much to my dismay, that they had come back empty-handed. Their trip to Rajin-Sonbong had been unsuccessful. They weren’t able to bring back any food, and I was starving.