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By Eunsun Kim

Eunsun Kim was once born in North Korea, probably the most secretive and oppressive nations within the smooth global. As a toddler 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 used to be 11 years previous, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun too was once at risk of ravenous. eventually, 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. ahead of ultimately achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kin could reside homeless, fall into the arms of chinese language human traffickers, live on a North Korean hard work camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, in A Thousand Miles to Freedom, Eunsun is sharing her outstanding tale to provide voice to the hundreds of thousands of North Koreans nonetheless discomfort 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 energy and resilience of the human spirit.

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In the future, i'm convinced, the 2 Koreas will reunite. will probably be a protracted, advanced method, however it will ensue. For the Korean peninsula to reunite, we'll desire assistance from the total international. yet so as to find the answer, we first needs to comprehend the roots of the matter. considering that that fateful day in December while i used to be 11 years outdated, the day I wrote my will, i've got, besides my mom and my sister, discovered a few of these roots. this can be my tale. three As a tender lady, I by no means can have imagined that my existence could switch so fast and so significantly. I didn’t comprehend it then, yet after the wintry weather of 1997, i'd now not have my formative years. for a few years, up until eventually i used to be 9 years outdated, i used to be a really satisfied little lady. I had every thing i may potentially wish in lifestyles. *   *   * Eundeok, my place of origin, used to be positioned at the northeastern tip of the mountainous nation of North Korea, fewer than fifteen kilometers clear of the Tumen River, which separated the rustic from China and Russia. at the different aspect of the river, it took under one hour to get to the ocean. through the wintry weather it was once bitterly chilly, and the snow stayed for weeks on finish lower than a massive blue sky. occasionally, I needed to visit institution trudging via a thick fog of white. My birthday, however, was once in the midst of summer time and used to be consistently hot and humid. It used to be at the comparable date that we celebrated the day Korea was once liberated from eastern rule in 1945. My birthday was once constantly a really chuffed time. even though it was once surrounded by way of factories, my homeland was once now not very huge. in precisely one hour, you may journey the total city. at the horizon, you may make out a couple of bushes at the mountains distant, however the close by hills have been all stripped naked, as the forests have been razed for firewood. prior to achieving the 1st few constructions on the town, you are going to locate numerous mines that had turn into recognized; many former, now disgraced, leaders from Pyongyang were despatched to paintings in them as punishment. the military additionally had numerous bases within sight, similar to they do all over the place else within the nation. We lived in perpetual worry of an invasion from the USA or from their best friend, South Korea. each time I climbed the mountains to assemble mushrooms, I stuck sight of a few huge cannons, kind of hidden within the panorama. a bit farther up, there have been a few barracks that we attempted to prevent, as the males within the military had a nasty recognition. they typically abused their strength to use negative humans or these much less lucky. If a bunch of squaddies bumped into a guy smoking a cigarette, for example, they can ask him at hand over his pack of cigarettes. If the fellow acknowledged no, the warriors may confirm he realized to by no means refuse them back. in the course of Eundeok flows a river, with a wide bridge linking both sides. I occasionally beloved to wade in that river, from which I lived ten mins away via foot. the most important structures within the urban, all made from grey cement, with balconies painted white or crimson, had at such a lot 5 flooring. there have been no ads anyplace.

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