By Eunsun Kim

Eunsun Kim was once born in North Korea, some of the most secretive and oppressive nations within the sleek international. As a baby Eunsun enjoyed her country…despite her institution 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By the time she was once 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun too used to be at risk of ravenous. eventually, her mom determined to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer understanding 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 relations might dwell homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, live to tell the tale a North Korean hard work camp, and move the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, in A Thousand Miles to Freedom, Eunsun is sharing her notable tale to provide voice to the hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless soreness in silence. instructed 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 images being displayed on the television had us all stupefied. I didn’t really understand everything that was going on, but I knew something unimaginable must have just happened. Shortly afterward, my mother came home from work in tears. I’d never seen her like this before. At the hospital, she had learned of the news with her coworkers, and one of them had suffered a heart attack from the shock. On that day, many people across the country died from shock. My mom was devastated, because she loved our president with all her heart.

After receiving the noodles, we would take them home to eat. I had never tasted anything so delicious. Even if there wasn’t quite enough to satisfy our hunger, that couldn’t ruin the happiness I felt at being able to eat these noodles. In those years, my parents would never have been able to imagine that they would soon be dying of hunger, because they came from “good” families. That is to say, their families were part of the elite class; they had connections in the army and in the Workers’ Party, which ruled North Korea.

She’s not very imposing in size, but she is highly intelligent and very determined. Even when she falls ill, her face still looks healthy and strong and doesn’t show anything out of the ordinary. In this respect, I am a lot like my mother. When I was little, any time I was feeling sick, I could never get anyone to believe me because I still appeared healthy, and I was always sent off to school anyway. Maybe it was this ability that allowed me to survive while others did not. In Eundeok, it was my mother who, thanks to her job working at the hospital, provided the household with food.

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