North Koreans starve to death in country’s rice belt

May 22, 2012NORTH KOREAFood shortages have worsened in North Korea, even in the southwestern rice belt where some residents have starved to death, a Seoul-based online newspaper said Monday. “Because of worsening food shortages this year there were reports of people starving to death even in South and North Hwanghae provinces,” a Daily NK reporter told AFP, referring to the country’s agricultural heartland. Six people — children or the elderly — died in just one village in Shingye county after the authorities released an emergency supply of only one or two kilograms (2.2-4.4 pounds) of corn to each household, the paper said. It quoted another source as saying that about 10 people had died of starvation on each collective farm in and around the coastal city of Haeju by April, following shortages in late winter. Good Friends, a Seoul-based aid group, also said on its website that starvation continued to claim victims throughout South Hwanghae. At Hwanghae Steelworks some workers had died because food rations stopped, it said. The South’s unification ministry, which handles cross-border affairs, said it had no information. Daily NK said North and South Hwanghae saw rice production fall last year due to flooding, and most of the autumn harvest was diverted to military stores or for citizens of Pyongyang. In South Hwanghae shortages were aggravated by restrictions on market trading and travel during the 100-day mourning period for leader Kim Jong-Il, who died on December 17, it said. Near the border with the South soldiers were mobilized for farming because many farm workers left to seek help from relatives in other areas, it said. The North’s official food distribution system, part of its state-directed economy, largely collapsed during the famine years of the mid to-late 1990s. Severe food shortages have persisted. But donations to UN programs have dwindled due to international irritation at the North’s missile and nuclear programs. –Seed Daily
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9 Responses to North Koreans starve to death in country’s rice belt

  1. Dennis E. says:

    The North Koreans that are dying now is not necessary. What an understatement!
    This goverment is just pure evil. Seems to me the entire country is a prison camp.
    And, they seem not to care.
    It is just disgusting.
    If there are any people who need relief, it is these people.
    Just my opinion……….

    • Matt says:

      While the North Korean government is by no means saintly in their actions, you cannot disregard the effect that economic sanctions have had on the people of North Korea for the past several decades.

  2. ready or not... says:

    i am so sad reading this. the only way those poor people have any chance of food and life is to join the army.
    just think, looking into the eyes of your baby knowing that he will eather starve or join a fight for a place that does not care for there people.
    i am so sad for these people !!

  3. And whose fault is it that there are Economic sanctions? The idiots in the NK government. If they spent more time looking after their people people and less on gold statues, keeping dead presidents alive and threatening the world with Nuclear warheads then I think there would not be any sanctions against them.

  4. Irene C says:

    No matter how you look at it, this is a sad situation. I agree with all the opinions here. They have a government that seems to care nothing about it’s people, only about obtaining military superiority and then there are the sanctions which denies food for the starving people. (However, if food were allowed in there, I wonder how much would actually go to where it was needed and how much would the elite take.) Regardless of who’s at fault, it is the innocent people who will suffer. Prayers for these people.

    On a good note – you’re book arrived today. WOO HOO!! I’m letting my mother read it first, since she doesn’t get a chance to share in the blog. She’s really likes it so far. I’m looking forward to reading it too.

    Maranatha

    • Good. Let’s see if she gives it back…lol

      • Irene C says:

        LOL I’ll get it back. We live in the same house. I wish I could get her on this board. She’s 90 years old and as smart and opinionated as any of us. Yes, I got it honestly. (Well, maybe not the smartness part.) She lived through the depression and WW2 in Austria. Oh, the tales she can tell. Came to the U.S. with my dad after the war and had to learn a new language and a new way of life. I will make sure I give you her critique after she’s done with the book. I’m sure it will be an honest one. :)

      • Thanks. I’m sure she’s a fountain of experience and you’re wise to glean it.

        A.

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