North Korea on the verge of mass starvation

October 7, 2011HAEJU, North KoreaIn a pediatric hospital in North Korea’s most productive farming province, children lay two to a bed. All showed signs of severe malnutrition: skin infections, patchy hair, listless apathy. “Their mothers have to bring them here on bicycles,” said duty doctor Jang Kum Son in the Yellow Sea port city of Haeju. “We used to have an ambulance but it’s completely broken down. One mother traveled 72 kilometers (45 miles). By the time they get here, it’s often too late.” It’s also getting late for North Korea to get the massive amount of food aid it claims to need before the harsh winter sets in. The country’s dysfunctional food-distribution system, rising global commodities prices and sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs had contributed to what appears to be a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. The regime’s appeals for massive food aid have gone mostly unanswered by a skeptical international community. Only 30 percent of a United Nations food aid target for North Korea has been met so far. The United States and South Korea, the two biggest donors before sanctions, have said they won’t resume aid until they are satisfied the military-led communist regime won’t divert the aid for its own uses and progress is made on disarmament talks. South Korea also says the North is exaggerating the severity of its food crisis. Visiting scholars, tourists and charity workers have sent out conflicting views about it. The U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), for instance, said last month after visiting the North that “the damage was not so significant.” Another U.N. body, the World Food Program, which has a regular presence in the North, warned in March of growing hunger. The sharp divergence of views is one reason why the U.N.’s emergency relief coordinator will visit this month to assess the situation. North Korea’s Economy and Trade Information Center, part of the foreign trade ministry, invited Alertnet to see the extent of the crisis on a rare reporting trip to its rice bowl in South Hwanghae province in the southwest. –MSNBC
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8 Responses to North Korea on the verge of mass starvation

  1. I am afraid this is just the beginning….


  2. nickk0 says:

    I have read a report in the media, that there are soldiers defecting from N.Korea, telling stories of starvation and malnutrition….. in the military.
    If their “Great Leader” can’t keep their troops & the military fed, then things must be REALLY really bad over there. 😦

    – Nick


  3. Raven says:

    How many poor children will die while they sort out the political situation..? Some things just make me feel ashamed to be human 😦


    • Kathleen says:

      The shame is not on you or the human race as a whole…the shame lies in power hungry despots who only think of their own glory and their own power. We can send massive amounts of food to North Korea at the drop of a hat…but the problem is will any of that food get to those who really need it…the government there is corrupt…much like the UN and their food for oil program…that left many hungry and filled the bellies of the upper ruling class in Iraq. The heart is willing to be compassionate….the US has been one of the most compassionate countries when it comes to humanitarian aid…but tossing food to dictators will not stop the problem of starvation in Korea….except for a small percent…but that momma on a bicycle trying to get aid for her child is sadly on the bottom of the food chain over there.


  4. Megan says:

    To me, this is a bigger story than the death of Steve Jobs. Yes, he did great things with technology and I do feel bad for his loss for his wife and children, but what about people like these starving and no one seems to care? Heck, there’s been a big story in our local paper about a facebook page made and an outcry when a pet alligator was set loose and it was thought it would not survive the winter. Now it is going to be rescued and sent to FL because of the outcry.Since when did alligators become more important than humans? Not that I want to see it suffer either. But get a grip. These lives are much more precious than that.


  5. AlexxelA says:

    The UN and countries around the world should help North Korea! Sooner than later the North Korea will Have a revolution and the people will thank us for the food and support. The food should be air dropped across the country and then the government can’t stop it!


  6. scollins says:

    Why are we (U.S.A) not lending a hand? How can we watch this horrendous human crisis unfold in slow motion? What has happened to our own humanity and compassion toward others? I think our country has lost it’s moral compass.


  7. lindalee says:

    Kim Jong-Il died to today and I fear the country will be in chaos during this transition. Too bad it happened at the start of winter, the hardest time for these mostly subsistence level people.
    Praying for them.


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