North Korea Famine: Starving Soldiers

Australia's ABC News has video smuggled out by an activist showing widespread famine in North Korea, including filthy children begging in the streets and evidence that even soldiers are not getting enough to eat.

Australia’s ABC News has video smuggled out by an activist showing widespread famine in North Korea, including filthy children begging in the streets and evidence that even soldiers are not getting enough to eat. Given the source and lack of media access to the DPRK, it’s impossible to know for sure how accurate the portrayal is. But it’s quite plausible. The regime has been under international sanctions for two decades, had a massive famine in the 1990s, and demanded the halt of international food relief in 2002.

via Michael Reynolds

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Comments

  1. Ben Wolf says:

    According to Kathryn Jean Lopez this is what america has become thanks to gay marriage. What mechanism of agriculture directly suffers when the “one penis, one vagina” rule is broken, do you think?

  2. 11B40 says:

    Greetings:

    Since the analog-to-digital TV signal conversion, I’ve been watching a fair amount of the Korean Broadcasting System’s “KBS World” channel. It’s kind to sad to see the way that country has been torn in two. The South, due to its Confucian culture, is deeply torn emotionally by its separation from its cousins in the North. The relationship reminds me of when your best buddy is in love with an evil woman. Your best buddy wants to everyone nice he can and the evil woman just takes and takes and takes.