By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim was once born in North Korea, the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the sleek global. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her university 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By the time she was once 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of a similar. eventually, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer realizing that they have been embarking on a trip that may take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. prior to eventually achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kin might stay homeless, fall into the palms of chinese language human traffickers, continue to exist a North Korean exertions camp, and pass the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her outstanding tale to provide voice to the tens of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless pain in silence. informed 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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During the winter it was bitterly cold, and the snow stayed for weeks on end under an immense blue sky. Sometimes, I had to go to school trudging through a thick fog of white. My birthday, on the other hand, was in the middle of summer and was always warm and humid. It was on the same date that we celebrated the day Korea was liberated from Japanese rule in 1945. My birthday was always a very happy time. Although it was surrounded by factories, my hometown was not very large. In just one hour, you could tour the entire town.
This was it. By the time my family came back, it would be too late. Ever since the start of the Arduous March—the great North Korean famine of the mid-1990s—I had known I wasn’t going to make it through alive. I had become so used to the idea that I wasn’t even afraid of dying anymore. Even so, I knew that I didn’t want to leave the world like this, without a trace of myself left behind. At once, I decided to write my testament. I wanted to tell my mom all that I had gone through. I wanted to let her know that I had waited for her, that I had tried my best to find her.