Friday, October 7, 2011

North Korea's malnourished orphans point to scale of humanitarian crisis

Footage of malnourished North Korean orphans and official warnings over failed harvests have given a rare glimpse at the scale of devastating food shortages in the country following a harsh winter and widespread flooding.

The World Food Programme has warned it has only 30% of the funding it needs for its relief operation, which targets 3.5 million of North Korea's most vulnerable citizens. It estimated in March that a quarter of the country's 24 million inhabitants needed food aid and that a third of children were chronically malnourished.... more

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