Ambassador Yeonmi Park's emotional speech at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin has found renewed attention online. Yeonmi's video, in which she details her harrowing escape from North Korea, was republished on the 'Higher Perspective' Facebook page. To date, the video has been shared nearly 1.5 million times and gathered over 77 million views.
Yeonmi courageously shared her life story on the One Young World stage in Dublin in front of world leaders, international media and over 1,300 changemakers from all countries around the globe. She returned to the 2015 Summit in Bangkok to thank all those who shared her story and bring renewed attention to human rights abuses under the Kim dictatorship.
As this week progressed, media outlets including The Independent and Daily Mail have reshared Yeonmi's story. The renewed attention comes at a critical time, as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam was poisoned in Malaysia last month, allegedly by North Korean agents.
What this week has shown us is that the power of social media should not be underestimated. Thank you for sharing Yeonmi's story and shedding light on the ongoing human rights violations in North Korea.
Yeonmi's speech at the One Young World Summit 2014 can be found below: