Being raped is better than starving

Prepare yourselves to hear the story of Yeonmi Park because it’s heavy. When she was a teenager, Yeonmi escaped from North Korea to China. What she experienced was horrible — being sold as a sex slave by border officials, walking across Mongolia in the middle of winter and nearly dying of starvation. But Yeonmi made it out alive, and now she lives happily in Chicago. She is outspoken about the terrible regime in North Korea and she voices her thoughts on her YouTube Channel, and through various best selling books. I invite you to share your opinions about Yeonmi’s story and about North Korea in general in the comments below. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and remember that freedom is not always free. I’ll see you in the next year when I’m kicking off my Saudi Arabia videos!!!


6 Responses to “Being raped is better than starving”

  1. NPP says:

    Well, I am glad she’s secured a book deal. Photogenic to boot. Maybe she go visit ‘elensky for good measure.

    I wonder if she’ll mention Julian Assange, which Nazarin Rattcliffe-Zaghari has failed to do thus far….

    I have no allusions about North Korea, but I’d listen to e.g. Eva Bartlett before I would this lady. Eva’s been to North Korea. That might be an interesting conversation for Yeonmi.

    Something’s not quite right about this story. If she has experienced as per her testimony, I withdraw my sceptism & forgive me, but this smells dodgy.

    • Tapestry says:

      The truth is stranger than fiction.

      • NPP says:

        I smell a pinch of fiction, nothing strange here; a normal ‘North Korea bad’ piece. Truthful? If in doubt, leave it out.

        TAP time is better spent on Dutch farmers or Assange or any number of issues. This is tabloid Sun legacy media fodder.

        I painted a portrait of Gadhafi for a Turkish construction company c.2002 before he was bayoneted up the bum live on YouTube. I remember the ‘Gadhafi bad’ stories.

        I’d love to know Eva Bartlett or Vanessa Beeley’s take on this lady.

        As you wish. Not my cuppa tea.

        • Tapestry says:

          She’s allowed her voice Ned. Totally suppressed humans never or hardly ever make it back up, and we never hear what happens at the lower levels of life, what it’s actually like to be faced with these terrible choices. The way the world is going, with KC3, there could be many more situations like Yeonmi’s. She’s highly intelligent – learns languages and survived her risk taking strategies. You have to admire her, not pity.

          • NPP says:

            I do not deny her a voice. It looks like she has a glossy PR profile & doing well. Good luck to her.
            I do aspire to authentic cases.
            If she’s an authentic case, I swallow my words.
            I don’t buy into the poor Tibet story.
            I don’t buy the Uighur story.

            You posted it. I wouldn’t.
            I remain unconvinced & comment accordingly.

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