Yeonmi Park

North Korean human rights activist

Yeonmi Park is a human rights activist. She was born in the North Korean city of Hyesan, close to the Chinese border. After her father was imprisoned for trading on the black market, the family were branded criminals and forced to the margins of society.

In 2007 Yeonmi and her mother defected from North Korea, eventually finding asylum in South Korea. Since then she has travelled the world to speak out against the brutal communist regime in North Korea, currently led by Kim Jong-un, who inherited the leadership from his father and grandfather. Her memoir, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, was published in 2015.