Monday, August 04, 2008

Survey of North Korea Confirms Deepening Hunger For Millions

Millions of people in DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) are experiencing hunger not seen in almost a decade, according to findings of a new UN assessment.

"Millions of vulnerable North Koreans are at risk of slipping towards precarious hunger levels," said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, United Nations World Food Programme Country Director for DPRK.

Experts visited hundreds of households, child institutions and hospitals across the country and key findings indicate:

-- Food availability, accessibility and utilization have deteriorated sharply since 2007.
-- Close to three quarters of the households have reduced their food intake.
-- More malnourished and ill children are being admitted to hospitals and institutions.
-- Diarrhea caused by increased consumption of wild foods was one of the leading causes of malnutrition amongst children under five.

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