The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story

The Girl with Seven Names is a New York Times bestseller and a gripping memoir by Hyeonseo Lee, a North Korean defector who risked her life to escape the brutal regime and find freedom. Lee recounts her remarkable journey from a privileged childhood in Hyesan, a city near the Chinese border, to a harrowing odyssey across China, Laos, and South Korea, where she eventually settled and became an activist. Along the way, she faced danger, betrayal, loneliness, and loss, but also courage, resilience, and hope. Lee’s story is not only a testament to her personal strength, but also a powerful indictment of the human rights violations in North Korea. She is the first defector to speak on the main stage of TED and a speaker at the Oslo Freedom Forum hosted by the Human Rights Foundation. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the realities of life under dictatorship and the inspiring stories of those who dare to defy it.

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