Fleeing for freedom
by Yeonmi Park (credited to oneyoungwolrd blog)
Yeonmi Park is a One Young World delegate originally from North Korea. She is speaking during the Peace and Conflict Plenary Session at the 2014 Summit in Dublin about her life in North Korea and escape from the Kim regime.
I am a North Korean defector who escaped the hardship of the region in 2007. Korea has remained in the media spotlight in recent weeks due to the unprecedented disappearance, and reappearance, of leader Kim Jong-un. Countless people have spoken about the missing dictator, but very little attention is being focused on the invisible victims of the Kim regime. People born in North Korea are born prisoners for life.
In 2012, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea estimated that there are 150,000 to 200,000 people in North Korea’s notorious prison camps. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea estimated earlier this year that between 80,000 and 120,000 people were in the camps – often being imprisoned without a fair trial.
Some are there for what would be considered minor crimes outside of North Korea; it doesn’t take very much to get jailed for life or executed by the Kim regime. Growing up in North Korea, I heard about and witnessed public executions for reasons such as:
Stealing cows: A 27 year old man, who had tuberculosis and was starving, stole a cow. He was gunned down in a public execution. Cows are needed for labor in North Korea, so it is a serious crime there to steal or eat one.
Defacing the likeness of the dictator: A man who rolled a cigarette to smoke was arrested by a policeman who witnessed the “crime.” The smoker was executed because the newspaper included Kim Jong-Il’s likeness. There are numerous stories of people being hailed as heroes for rushing into burning buildings to rescue portraits of the Kims. Those who allow such portraits to be burnt are publicly executed.
Watching foreign movies: When I was nine years old, I witnessed my best friend’s mother get publicly executed, along with about seven other people. They had been caught watching foreign movies from South Korea and the United States. The “criminals” had their teeth broken and stones stuffed in their mouths so they couldn’t speak or scream, their joints broken so they couldn’t walk or escape, then were shot several times as a warning to the rest of us, à la Animal Farm.
Fleeing North Korea: One of my mom’s friends borrowed money from us. The next day, the entire family disappeared. They had been caught talking about escaping to South Korea and so the entire family was wiped out.
Those executions were carried out by Kim Jong-il’s regime when I was living in North Korea, but the carnage hasn’t stopped under his son, Kim Jong-un. Eighty people were recently slaughtered in one day, for the “crimes” of watching South Korean movies and reading the Bible. They were machine gunned in a stadium, shot repeatedly so that it was difficult to identify them.
So many people in North Korea have been killed needlessly by the Kim regime. The amount of attention that had been focused on the disappearance and reappearance of the dictator does prove that the world can pay attention to North Korea, but what about their victims? Where has the compassion gone for human life?
As I continue to try to raise awareness about the human rights crisis in North Korea, I hope that we will be able to focus more attention on the invisible victims of the Kim regime. So many Korean refugees in China and elsewhere are desperately seeking, and dying, for their freedom.
I pray for the young women around the globe for they find comport in the Lord, especially those women whose been suffering from physical, mental and emotional abuses, those women whose think that there is no way out in the situation that they are in, those women whose sell their bodies, to women whose lose hope, those women whose been crying for help, those women whose been seeking freedom, holiness and purity, those young women whose think that this the way of life, not realized that there is always another way, those women whose been making there step to change, those women whose been abducted, those women whose been accused, those women whose been boon parent-less, those women who are sexually abused, those women who been living in the street those women who felt dirty, insignificant, discourage, tormented, guilty, sinners, those young women who stay up in to work, those women whose been seeking for someone to care, the woman who are divorce, mistreated, wronged. I PRAY THAT THE LORD WILL COMPORT YOU TO ALL THE PAIN THAT YOUR GOING TROUGH, I PRAY THAT YOU ARE BEEN REMINDED THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS BATTLE, I PRAY THAT YOU ARE REMINDED THAT NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, I PRAY THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL MADE YOU REALIZE HOW VALUABLE, BEAUTIFUL, INCREDIBLE, WONDERFULLY MADE YOU ARE, HOW PURE AND DILIGENT YOU ARE, HOW GREAT YOU ARE, I PRAY THAT NO HARM WILL COME TO YOU, I PRAY THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS BEEN SECURED BY THE LOVE ON GOD, I PRAY THAT YOU WILL REALIZE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY IN THAT KIND OF LIFE BECAUSE JESUS 2000 YEARS AGO PAID FOR YOUR FREEDOM! THAT JESUS DIED SO YOU DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF LIFE THAT JESUS ROSE FROM DEAD SO YOU CAN HAVE HOPE! THAT JESUS IS ASCEND TO HEAVEN SO YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE!!!
I PRAY THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS BEEN SURROUNDED WITH PEOPLE WHO WILL LET YOU GO CLOSER WITH GOD. PEOPLE WHO WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO LIVE A WORTHY LIFE THAT BLESS OTHERS AND BE REMINDED HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU AND WANT YOU TO HAVE A LIFE AND RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM I PRAY YOU REMEMBER THAT GOD IS DOING A LOT OF THINGS IN YOUR LIFE THAT HIS PURPOSED AND PROMISES WILL ALWAYS FULFILL IN YOUR LIFE!! I PRAY AND SEALED THIS BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST WHO HAS BEEN SHED ON THE CROSS! AND NO WEAPON OF THE ENEMY CAN STEAL THE DREAMS AND PURPOSED OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE! I PRAY THAT THE ABUNDANCE OF JOY WILL FLOW IN YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW AT THIS MOMENT, AND THE BLESSING OF THE LORD AS HE OPEN THE FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN WILL POUR OUT TO YOU THAT YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO CONTAIN FOR IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT WHEN GOD OPEN THE DOOR NO ONE CAN SHUT I PRAY THAT EVERYDAY YOU WILL HAVE HOPES AND COURAGE TO LIVE A LIFE THAT IS PLEASING TO GOD! AND NEVER EVER GO BACK AGAIN TO THE WAY YOU USED TO LIVE! I PRAY TO THE WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN TIRED! I PRAY THAT YOU WILL FIND REST IN THE LORD! FOR HE SAID LET THE WEARY COME AND HE WILL GIVE REST. AND LASTLY I PRAY THAT WE WILL NEVER FAILED TO SEE HOW MUCH GOD LOVE US, THAT OUR LIVES IS A CHANNEL OF BLESSINGS TO OTHER PEOPLE AND NEVER FORGET TO LIVE A LIFE FOR GOD FOR HE IS ALONE OUR REASON FOR LIVING, A FATHER WHO ALWAYS CARE, A FATHER WHO ALWAYS LISTEN, A FATHER WHO LOVES AND A FATHER WHO NEVER LEAVES.
IN JESUS NAME AMEN!!!
Sorry for the caps lock… hahahaha! I really can’t contain and can’t stop praying since yesterday, since I watch Yeonmi Park Testimony regarding her space from North Korea. I felt that I should not let this pass, its kinda late post for me because I don’t have internet connection yesterday… So I just make a pause, and stop doing my project for a while so that I have a time to pray. And if you have time please watch the video attach and never stop praying for every women around the globe. I know that there are some women who have been discourage, I just want to encourage you though my prayers and I hope you do.
Thank You for reading this blog goys!