Yeonmi Park: A Hero Whose Narrative Cannot Inspire Her Peers In North Korea

North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, the young woman featured in Reason.com’s article .Yeonmi Park’s North Korean Defector Story, is a hero to many, although few people in North Korea will hear about her brave escape. It’s doubtful that North Korea’s security establishments would allow Yeonmi Park’s narritive to inspire her peers since the media is state-controlled, wikipedia and Internet access is strictly monitored. Dissident writers, who may have reported Park’s escape, have no options for publishing their stories. Unlike defectors from other countries, Yeonmi Park has said that she and her family fled to escape starvation, not to find freedom. They were unaware of the concept of freedom; they had never heard of any other defectors who spoke of life outside North Korea. The United Nations estimates that up to nine million North Korea’s are in dire need of food aid, nevertheless, after hearing Park’s harrowing saga of sexual abuse, it’s uncertain if other young women facing starvation would attempt such a journey. Park’s passage to freedom lead her to China, a route used by nearly all North Koreans seeking an escape from famine. Once in China, Park’s tale was familiar; face deportation and the cruel life of a North Korean prison camp if caught or fall prey to the many human traffickers operating near the North Korean border. Would Yeonmi Park’s account of her escape, with stories of rape and thoughts of suicide, inspire other North Korean women to try for a new life if they could hear her story? After all, Park’s tale has a happy ending, she is a student and an activist in South Korea, living the life she never dreamed was possible.

Does Starving a Nation Sound Familiar

Yeonmi Park is someone who is prolific in the human rights movement. It is not understood why the horrendous leader of North Korea is allowed to continue to harm his own people the way he does. It is a huge problem when a dictator is making children starve, eating bugs to stay alive. The raping of Parks mother that she was subject to and then the way people were terrified of what could be heard when they spoke. If this sort of thing is allowed, no one in the western world would be okay with that. The only people okay with that here in America are those locked up in jail or very sick. Not only was Park’s mother raped but she, herself, was sold as well. This is absolutely maddening.

When will a point come that people stand up for what is right and fight along with this young lady. She insists that it is important that the western world stops seeing him as a joke. That is so very important and yet many ignore it. In some respects it is the equivalent of something similar to what happened in Germany in World War 2. Is it right to just sweep this injustice under the carpet? It is absolutely not okay to allow this kind of thing happen anywhere. It is so important that we all listen to Park.

People, especially only 22 are not old enough to formulate a revolution without just cause. They have not been through enough unless of course it has happened to them.
Park has the ability as long as people back her to make a difference. It is a necessity to stop people from being run down by their own government. This unjust leader will cause more problems if it is allowed. Park of youngvoicesadvocates is so fantastic in her ability to see the wrongs. These happened to her, to her family. Soon after her father defected he passed away in China without having the opportunity to see what freedom is. This is a sad reality for the Park family. If one sees wrong they stand up for what is right. Park is someone that has put the world on notice. It is with great hope that many stand up and listen to her. What she has been through is pure horrific. A child harmed, not educated and not allowed to think. It is the resemblance of a controlling significant other only he is controlling way more than one person, he is starving a nation.

If starving a nation doesn’t sound dangerous perhaps we need to think back. It is up to the rest of us to make certain that her pleading is heard. This is a huge problem and she has the solution but she can’t accomplish this on her own. It will take much more than just one young girl. She has however cleared the path. So perhaps the globe or at least the Western world could see that he path remains open.