11M People In North Korea Malnourished, Without Access To Health Care, Clean Water; 1 In 5 Children Stunted, U.N. Report Says
Associated Press: U.N.: 11 million North Koreans need food and kids are stunted
“An estimated 11 million people in North Korea — over 43 percent of the population — are undernourished and ‘chronic food insecurity and malnutrition is widespread,’ according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. The report by Tapan Mishra, the head of the U.N. office in North Korea, said that ‘widespread undernutrition threatens an entire generation of children, with one in five children stunted due to chronic undernutrition.’ With only limited health care and a lack of access to clean water and sanitation, ‘children are also at risk of dying from curable diseases,’ the report added…” (Lederer, 3/6).
U.N. News: Nearly four million North Koreans in urgent need, as food production slumps by almost 10 percent
“The U.N. is calling for some $120 million to provide life-saving humanitarian aid, desperately needed by 3.8 million North Koreans, as it releases its 2019 Needs and Priorities Plan for the country. Women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities are prioritized in the plan: 90 percent of nutritional aid, and 92 percent of health assistance, go to children under five years old and women. … Overall, some 11 million people in the country are not getting enough nutritious food, clean drinking water, or access to basic services like health and sanitation…” (3/6).