Tuesday, December 09, 2003
DONOR FATIGUE IN NORTH KOREA
Agence France-Presse ("UN SAYS MILLIONS OF NORTH KOREANS AT RISK IN FOOD EMERGENCY," 12/09/03) reported that millions of people in the secretive communist nation of North Korea are at risk of going hungry as the country remains in the grips of a food emergency, the United Nations said. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that up to three million people had been temporarily dropped from food handout lists this year because of a shortage of aid funds.
"Unless new pledges are confirmed soon, by May, cereal shortfalls may affect 3.8 million people countrywide," it said, adding that more than 40 percent of DPRK children are malnourished. "Around 70,000 children are severely acutely malnourished and at high risk of dying if they do not receive critical hospital treatment," OCHA said.