Since Yeonmi Park escaped from North Korea in 2007, she has devoted her life to raising awareness of the tyrannical Kim regime and the brutality of life in North Korea.
Yeonmi became an international phenomenon when she spoke of life in North Korea at the Oslo Freedom Forum and the One Young World Summit. Her One Young World address on the horrors of detention camps, political executions, and sex trafficking has been viewed over 80 million times on YouTube.
A student at Columbia University and human rights activist, Park’s message has been simple since the beginning: to not forget the people of North Korea, and to start a global movement to free them. Despite being added to Kim Jong-un’s “hit list” two years ago, she refuses to stop sharing her story and seeking freedom for the people of North Korea. Her 2015 memoir, In Order to Live, reveals the most intimate details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous risk she took to escape.
“Yeonmi's speech is amazing because of how her story adds a human element to the issues surrounding North Korea. Her experiences and her willingness to share them have a deep impact on those who listen and most importantly, can help people relate to the issue.” – Smith College