A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim

By Eunsun Kim

Eunsun Kim was once born in North Korea, the most secretive and oppressive nations within the glossy international. 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 previous, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun was once at risk of an analogous. ultimately, her mom determined to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer realizing 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 family members could stay homeless, fall into the palms of chinese language human traffickers, live on a North Korean exertions camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, Eunsun is sharing her awesome tale to offer voice to the thousands and 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 power and resilience of the human spirit.

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The woman. paused for a moment, and looked in the direction of the moaning man. She then turned toward the steps and went creaking down them. The other sleepers had been undisturbed by our arrival from the street. I lay awake and wondered what would become of the food which was left in the box. I thought of the one-eyed young tramp I had met so long ago. Many things passed through my mind, but still sleep remained far away as I listened to the whistling of a railroad engine that shrieked through the still night air.

A breeze came up and swayed the tops of the trees in the woods. The sun threw leafy shadows across the car-door table. The greed of hungry men was the only thing that spoiled the scene. Birds darted over the landscape and flew low across the broad river. The geese swam leisurely in the direction of the tramps. The one-armed man looked up from his food and noticed the handsome buff-colored goose that swam in the lead. " The men talked but little at first, but when their hunger was appeased, the conversation became livelier.

He ain't here, I guess, " he said, half aloud to himself, as he held the light in the faces of the group. " That'8 all right, men," he continued. "Flop here till mornin'-she's colder'n Billy-be-damned outside. " The hoboes, anxious to fraternize with so much power, moved in unison to pour the coffee. One of them handed the hot liquid to the policeman, saying as he did so, "Sugar, Mister'" "Nope," said his blue-coated majesty, "this'11 do. Thanks. " "Thank you, Mister, " replied the grateful tramps in unison.

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