Some images may be shocking to young children. This is information you need to have.
Al Jazeera carried this report, an edited version of a report from Reuters, who somehow got video and interviews from inside North Korea, if we are to grant credence to the report.
In a hospital in Pyongyang, doctors monitor a group of weak infants, some of whom are already showing signs of malnutrition and sickness. They are the most vulnerable members of a population suffering from extreme food shortages.
According to the United Nations, one third of all children under the age of five in North Korea are malnourished, and other countries have become less interested in donating food as the “hermit kingdom” battles efforts to constrain its nuclear program.
The UN World Food Programme says public distributions are running extremely low, and they are only able to help half the people who need aid. Meanwhile, the countries rulers stage outsized military parades, and some wonder whether food donations are being siphoned off to them.
North Korea recently granted a Reuters news crew access to the country, and Al Jazeera’a Khadija Magardie reports on the plight they found.
The longer Reuters report can be viewed here (but I can’t figure out how to embed it at the Bathtub).
Climate-change aggravated severe weather adds to the serious nutrition shortages in North Korea, according to Reuters written reports.
Famine in North Korea is one more vital topic ignored by the presidential and Congressional campaigns, and conservatives in their rush to get Obama out of office.
- Wall Street Journal photo essay on North Korea’s problems
- Sydney Morning Herald mention of the famine
- The Telegraph: “The unpalatable appetites of Kim Jong-il – While his people are left to subsist on boiled grass and ground tree bark, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il indulges shamelessly in only the world’s finest food and wines”
- North Korea’s floods damaged infrastructure; repairs unlikely before harsh winter (Reuters video)
- Soviet professor teaching in South Korea says famine would be much worse in North Korea, except market economy has broken out across North Korea – illegal, but unstoppable