WSJ Examines Role Of Faith-Based Groups In Supplying Humanitarian Aid To North Korea
Wall Street Journal: The Last Americans in North Korea: Christian Missionaries
“…The international response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s aggressive pursuit of nuclear-armed long-range missiles has been to squeeze commerce and reduce foreign aid. As a result, faith-based groups, which once accounted for a small proportion of aid to North Korea, now have an outsize role. … North Korea badly needs food and medicine, experts said. At least 40 percent of North Korea’s population is undernourished, and such diseases as tuberculosis and hepatitis are rampant, according to U.N. reports. In January, UNICEF said a slowdown in aid could lead to starvation for some 60,000 children…” (Lyons/Cheng, 3/19).