Yeonmi Park is a 20 year old North Korean female refugee who escaped from North Korea in 2007 and is now a TV personality, speaker, student, journalist in South Korea. She grew up enjoying a rich lifestyle when her father was a prominent businessman in Pyongyang, but also endured misery in the backward countryside after her father was imprisoned for engaging in alleged illegal business activities.
She escaped to China then walked across the Gobi desert into Mongolia, following a compass and the Big Dipper to freedom. Even though she has been targeted by the North Korean regime, she has embraced her role as a messenger, witness and human rights activist who can speak out for North Koreans who are voiceless and powerless in North Korea and China.
In particular, she wants to highlight abuses against vulnerable North Korean women hiding in China.