By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, the most secretive and oppressive nations within the smooth global. As a toddler Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her university 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By the time she was once 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of an analogous. ultimately, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, now not figuring out 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 relations might reside homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, live on 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 millions 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, finally, a testomony to the power and resilience of the human spirit.
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We were truly on our own. What if something happened to us out here? We were elated when other cars appeared. It seemed less likely that banditos would try to molest us with other people in plain sight. About thirty miles later, we paid the toll and rejoiced as we turned onto a large, secure highway. Even though the point of this was to “broaden our horizons,” it was still nice to see something familiar, at least to start off the journey. Ironically, the most dramatic part of our experience driving through Mexico had nothing to do with roaming criminals—and everything to do with the locals’ complete disregard for traffic laws.
Our friends and family treated us to lunches, dinners, cocktails, phone calls, emails, gifts, cards, and good wishes. Finally, Departure Day arrived. And suddenly, we were in our car. Just the two of us. ) Silence descended as we followed Highway 101 toward Los Angeles, two hundred fifty miles to the south. We retreated into our own heads, each considering the enormity of the step we had taken. We had finally made our plan a reality, which left us exhilarated. And terrified. A. Freeway” filled the car and sent us into fits of laughter.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim