By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, some of the most secretive and oppressive nations within the sleek global. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her tuition 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 was once 11 years previous, 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 understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that might take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. earlier than eventually achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her relatives could reside homeless, fall into the arms of chinese language human traffickers, live on a North Korean hard work camp, and move the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her notable tale to provide voice to the hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless anguish in silence. advised with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, eventually, a testomony to the power and resilience of the human spirit.
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