A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage.
Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy's normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China.
Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal. He had nothing but a street-hardened survival instinct. Finally, in desperation, he, too, crossed a frozen river to escape to China. There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the US as refugees.
Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life. He turned a new leaf, became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength.
Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.
©2015 Joseph Kim (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
As a huge fan of books about North Korea I was delighted by this title.
I first came across Joseph's story on TED, I assume like many others. This fleshes every part of the story he told there out, revealing the true horror of the situation in the DPRK and the humanity that still exists there.
The thread of the story, that of Joseph's relationship with his sister, is truly sad and thought-provoking.
Ideal for those looking for human stories in North Korea, but maybe not for anyone looking for information about political issues in the country - this is simply the account of one boy. That is not to detract though. I commend Joseph on such a thorough and fascinating book.
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