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2.7 Million North Koreans Will Starve This Month Without Aid

According to the World Food Program, North Korea may be facing one of the most serious food crisis in its history. Nearly 2.7 million people who live on the country's west coast are facing starvation this month unless food does not reach them. 2.7 million. Hungry millions recalls the similarly stark problem in India.

The cause of the food shortages are for a variety of reasons, devastating floods in 2007, lack of employment, and a centralized leadership that has mismanaged resources. It is estimated that a recent famine has been responsible for nearly 2 million deaths already. The country has been relying on aid to feed its 23 million people.

To see who's been called upon to give them aid,


South Korea, which has a typically hostile relationship with its northern neighbor, has not committed to sending aid as yet, despite the fact that the World Food Program has requested it. Their reluctance is due in part to heightened political tensions, including the shooting death of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean soldier at a resort.

In oddly related food news, scientists in England are developing foods that slow down the digestive system, signaling the brain to suppress appetite. It's a discovery that according to one professor, "would be a big help for people having trouble losing weight." It's a poignantly stark contrast between the global tug of the problems of the have-nots and have-way-too-muches.


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siguros siguros 8 years
*Kim jong-il****** i think i just made a Korean name back there.
siguros siguros 8 years
Starve as in die from deprivation? or Starve as in be really really hungry? I guess I should look up the actual definition of "starve." Seriously Kim-ll-sung is deranged.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
That little girl is so cute! This is a terrible situation. 2.7 Million is a LOT of people! How horrible!
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
i understand that natural disasters can wreak havoc on a country, but the main problem is kim jong-il. until he his out of office, which will probably be when he dies, i don't think there will be any significant change. i pray that north koreans who get the opportunity to leave their country will make it out safe.
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
North Korea's population is totally brainwashed and the current generation will never be useful in the real world. Aid to an enemy nation with guns pointed at you and a hostile, angry population that hates you is always a bad idea.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I feel for the children of NK, but this is their leader's problem. He's too interested in becoming a nuclear nation to worry about small things like food for his people.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
How is the World Food Program going to ensure that the food gets to those that need it?
Hmmm, I started out kind of rudely, but I really feel awful for the people of North Korea. If only their leader would wake up!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Didnt india just send a rocket into space?
Isn't North Korea a socialist country? *ducks*
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