Yeonmi Park had to leave North Korea to even understand the meaning of the word freedom. She didn’t understand the word or the concept of freedom. Like most refugees, she was astounded at the sights and sounds of freedom, which to her was most evident in the plentiful food. There was so much food in fact, that the waste involved could feed villages. Park is author of In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom. She was 13 years old on March 31, 2007 when she crossed the frozen Yalu River into China with her mother. The two crossed China, traveled through the Gobi Desert, to the Mongolian Border, where after a journey lasting years, they flew to South Korea. Detractors are quick with lists of sins and omissions and accusations of them being agents of the United States. Discrepencies and inaccuracies abound, according to Reason.com. There are tens of thousands of North Korean refugees throughout the world. There is concern that the human rights abuses and political persecution these refugees have suffered will be diminished by Yeonmi’s story if it can be disproven. Now 22 years old, the delicate pretty Yeonmi of casey and yeonmi show,stands by the veracity of her story on the Reason saying only that she still has relatives in North Korea, that she was raped during this period of time, and that difficulties with translation were a part of the problem. Both she and her mother were victims of sexual trafficking for two years before they escaped China. They also faced famine on a constant basis all the time they were in North Korea.