Sanctions, Funding Gaps Prevent UNICEF, WFP From Providing Food, Nutrition Aid To North Korean Children, Opinion Piece Says
Global Health NOW: How Sanctions Hurt North Korea’s Children
Jeongyoon Kim, research assistant at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and student at Bowdoin College, and Kee B. Park, director of the North Korea programs at the Korean American Medical Association and lecturer with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School
“UNICEF and the World Food Programme provide food and nutrition aid to North Korean children — but a lack of funds, fueled by political tension and the U.S.-led strategy of pressure and isolation of North Korea, have limited their reach. The country’s most vulnerable children are paying the ultimate price. … The lives of ordinary North Korean people … should never be placed at risk when trying to achieve political objectives. The U.N.’s appeal for urgent humanitarian needs in North Korea should be fully funded. The protection of the marginalized and the vulnerable is paramount” (8/5).