July 17, 2011

YET WE PRETEND THAT NOT NUKING THE REGIME WAS HUMANE:

North Korea faces famine: 'Tell the world we are starving': More than a decade after North Korea was struck by a famine that killed up to a million people, the country's poorest are once again facing starvation, reports Peter Foster (Peter Foster, 16 Jul 2011, The Telegraph)

In almost 10 hours of interviews during clandestine meetings with The Sunday Telegraph just inside China, four North Koreans who recently risked their lives to flee across the tightly-guarded border from their homeland described the desperate plight of those left behind.

Kim Yeong, 68, told how families were being forced to scour the countryside for wild plants to boil up for food in a desperate attempt to stave off starvation.

"People are very poor again, they are going to the mountains to get grasses and weeds to make into soup," he said. "Some people are having to eat manure when they cannot get any rice or corn."

The UN's World Food Programme says North Korea faces its worst food shortage in a decade, with six million people at risk - a consequence of poor economic management of its centrally planned system, a series of bad harvests caused by harsh winters, flooding and exhausted agricultural land, and the regime's unwillingness to spend its dwindling hard currency reserves on buying food for its 24 million people.

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