Helping Hands Korea claimed it has been receiving reports of "shoot-on-sight'' orders given to North Korean border patrols regarding refugees. It reported eyewitness accounts of "snipers'' being posted at elevated border stations along the
Police officials in border regions, Helping Hands Korea said, are also being authorized to give "substantial bribes'' to local ethnic Korean-Chinese to make them disclose the whereabouts of North Koreans hiding in their neighborhoods. These bribes have reportedly been increasing in recent months.
Helping Hands said the border tightening has resulted in some reduction in successful crossings of North Koreans into
The group also said there have been widespread reports at border areas confirming that food shortages are now critical in the central part of
[Excerpt of an article by Michael Ha, The Korea Times]