Escape From North Korea

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There are many challenges that are faced every day by people around the world. These challenges can be seen in “THE DUST BOWL”, “Fighting Poverty with Education”, and “Escaping North Korea”. In the Dust Bowl, it told the story of the Dust Bowl in the 1920s. “Fighting Poverty with Education” informed the reader about the long-lasting effects of childhood poverty. “Escaping North Korea” went in depth about Yeonmi Park’s struggles escaping the dictatorship in North Korea. Although all of these challenges are hard and harsh, escaping from North Korea is the worst. Freedom is not free. It doesn't come cheap, and it is denied to many people around the world today. In places like North Korea, the freedoms we have in the USA are unknown, a long forgotten …show more content…
Many of the citizens live in poverty, without enough food or clothing to survive. All those who would abide by the law, died. In the article, Yeonmi talks about her father, who, despite having a steady job, had to illegally sell gold and silver to China over the border to keep the Parks family above the poverty line. Yeonmi’s father was imprisoned for his trading, where he was tortured. Yeonmi talks about her father’s time in jail in the article “Escape from North Korea”, “He was beaten. Guards placed sticks between his fingers and crunched them together. He was made to sit in excruciating stress positions for interminable periods.” Almost half of the North Korean population is under the poverty line, where their government doesn’t help them, so they are left to struggle to survive. The people who take the risks to help their families stay alive, are imprisoned or …show more content…
They might have this misconception because poverty, for starters, can be almost impossible to escape while trying to make enough money to live. Many people in the United States face this challenge today. Living through natural disasters is also hard, as there is no real way to stop it. Precautions can be taken, but those who are hit the hardest are often those who cannot get the resources they need to survive. Despite this, escaping from North Korea is harder to escape. First and foremost, roughly 40% of the North Korean population is living under the poverty line. So, not only are they living in one of the world's “Most reclusive and repressive regimes”, but they are also living in poverty, which lowers their chances of escape, and makes their life worse inside the North Korean borders. Yeonmi said that she saw bodies everywhere. “But the bodies Yeonmi saw at the railway station: ragged, skeletal waifs collapsed on the pavement and slumped against walls, told her something was badly wrong.”In the article “Fighting Poverty with Education”, it said that poverty can do permanent damage in the brains of children. But, in North Korea, almost half the population are fighting poverty along with the threats of the government. Also, in the video clip, “THE DUST BOWL” it stated that many were torn from their homes. In North Korea, many people are torn from their homes while

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