Yeonmi Park is a Human Right Activist who has been featured at the Oslo Freedom Forum and One Young World Summit in Dublin. Park was born to a family of civil servants in a Nor th Korean city of Hyesan in 1993. She grew in a society whose regime controls every step you take. This changed her view of the world and vowed to change her society no matter the challenges she gets on the way. When she watched a film that was pirated by James Cameron and was banned in North Korea, she felt more urge to fight for freedom. Everything changed when her father was arrested for smuggling silver, gold and nickel. He fell sick while he was arrested and was given a medical release that gave him an opportunity to help his family escape North Korea. That is where Park’s journey to freedom began.
The story on Park’s Facebook page states that her sister helped her to cross the frozen river to China, and her mother accompanied her. Her father stayed behind because he was ailing, and he thought that his illness would be a challenge to his family. They experienced terrible hardship and Park witnessed her mother being raped by the traffickers while her sister died of colon cancer. She felt like the world had finally forgotten her, but she had to be determined to make the world not forget North Korea. She has been a human activist since then.
She is set to deliver her powerful Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture at DePauw University on Monday, October 5. One of her main objectives on that day will be horrors of human trafficking, need to bring freedom to all the people of the world and the main reason she defected from North Korea. Her visit will take place a day after 22nd birthday and six days after her book, to live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom that has been published by Penguin publishers.
DePauw University is one of the private universities located in Greencastle, India. It mainly deals with arts and music. The school is a Methodist heritage. It was founded in 1837 and was named after Francis Asbury, the first Methodist bishop of Episcopal Church. When it was founded, it was established as an all men’s school but later began admitting women. That was in 1867. First was known as Indiana Asbury University but then changed to DePauw University, which was meant to honor Washington C. DePauw, who had made massive contributions towards its development. Today, the university has over 100 organizations that enable its students engage in voluntary activities and community services.