1-2 Deaths Everyday on Farms in
With the food crisis worsening on farms in
At the Chejong Farm(채종농장) at Singang-ri, young children are also dying of starvation. Park Jung-ok (34) used to make gruel out of rice plant roots, but after running out of food, she went in search of something to eat and went to her relatives' homes with her four year old child. In her weakened state and with her young child who could not even walk well, Park Jung-ok fainted. After a long time, she was discovered by people who were passing by on the road, but by then, her child had already stopped breathing.
Farmers, "We Need Food to Work"
The expression that 'Yonbaek field(연백벌) could feed the entire republic for a year' is already a distant memory. On farms in
Han Hae-joo (37), a farmer from
The demands of the people are quite evident in all the regions of the country. The main demand is to provide rations as quickly as possible. Farmers say that without any rations, they are unable to report to work.
Concerns about Human Casualties Greatest at Detention Centers
Currently, the places with the greatest potential for human casualties are the detention centers that are spread all throughout the country. Although people are told that will receive 200g of rations, there are many places that do not have any food to distribute and the number of deaths is mounting. If family members do not come to see the people in the detention centers, they have no recourse but to starve. However, with family members also concerned about their own welfare and busy trying to survive, oftentimes, they have no time to take care of their brothers or children who are in prison. As the number of prisoners suffering from malnutrition and disease increases, there is a corresponding increase in the number of prisoners who are dying.
Important Cities and Businesses Using the Government Funds to Provide Food
Complaints from the people are increasing nationwide due to the food shortage, the government has sought extra fund to purchase food to handle a number of issues that may cause social unrest. Focusing on critical cities and core businesses, a one month supply of food rations has been initially distributed. Compared to the number of cities that are demanding or are in need of rations, since the amount of food was limited. One government official said, "We are unable to even think about providing rations to Kkotjebi's (homeless children), orphanages, or elderly people's homes, and even farms were excluded from this distribution of food. Only important cities and businesses are receiving rations this time. We can only hope that farms which have run out of food can endure by themselves until the harvesting season for potatoes arrives."
Another official in Pyongsung echoed these remarks. He lamented, "In the case of big cities and factories, there is the possibility of riots, and that is why the government is releasing funds. Last year, rice that was reserved for military and emergency use was distributed, allowing people to get through the hardest times. However, all of the rice reserved for military uses has been consumed this year, and that is why the government is releasing funds. However, even with the distribution of these funds, it is only enough for one month of food supplies because there is no foreign aid that is coming in. Once these funds are all used, there will be nothing more to distribute. After May, there will be nothing more to distribute. We have already stopped thinking about the farms, and if those people want to live, they will have to find ways to survive."
Woman Lost Her Baby While Trying to Earn Money for Food
A woman who just got married and gave birth to a child one month ago faced a tragedy while she was away from home for trading. Choi Sung-mi (28) in
Gilju Elementary Children, Suffering From Tuberculosis On Top of Malnutrition
The Elementary Institute in Gilju,
“Even a Simple Report to the Outside World of the Total Number of Children at Orphanages Throughout the Nation Might Draw Some Aids …”
Any parents raising little children would have broken hearts if they witness their innocent children starve to death. Horrified by the sights of migrating Kkotjebis(homeless children) from North Hamgyung, South Pyongan and Kangwon Provinces, Mr. Han Duk-kyung (52) living in Gowon County, North Hamgyung Province, requests to the Central Party the following. “Please inform the United Nations of the total number of orphanages throughout the provinces. Even a simple report of the total number of orphans would be enough as eligibility requirements for receiving aids.”
Admitting that the government, barely able to provide foods for major cities, universities, hospitals and other facilities, might not have any room to spare to make provisions for Kkotjebis and orphanages, Mr. Han claimed that the government should ask for help from the United Nations if not able to meet the demands.
Mr. Choi Hae-ryong (53) in Soonchun,
A party official of Pyongsung specified the items needed in his appeal for aids. “All the nurseries and orphanages in the cities and counties should extend the facilities. The Kkotjebis under school age can be saved by supplying food, clothing, shoes, stationery items and medicines systematically. If nation-wide provision is not possible, a place can be assigned in each province. The items to be included in the provision should be selected in such a manner that parents would care for their own children. They should include food items such as powdered milk for the babies, milk bottles, weaning food, rice, flour, cooking oil and snacks, clothing such as underwear, spares for change. Also needed are socks and shoes, medicines including ointments, antibiotics, medicine for digestion and multi-vitamins. Additionally, they need cooking utensils, cement for building repairs, various tiles, stools for children, vinyl flooring(레자), and their needs are wide in kind.”
He declared “If we could save the young Kkotjebis chronically suffering from hunger and diseases and close to death, we would reduce the number of starving deaths greatly. It would be so grateful.”
Nutritious Corn Powder Is Rationed To the Employees of the
Nutritious corn powder was rationed to the employees at the
The Students Living at the Dormitory of the
The students living at the dormitory of the
40% of Students of
Jogunsil Engineering University(조군실공업대학교) at Wonsan, Kangwon Province feeds its students with a meal of 100g ground corncob(옥수수묵지가루밥) and salted cabbage. As the food shortage got worse, all the side dishes disappeared but the salt-water soup. Many students tried to escape the starvation by skipping the classes and got involved in dealing with the second-hand goods. The students are allowed, illegally, to skip classes by paying some money to professors and provide some supplies to the University. Rumor has it that some students make a monthly payment of 30,000 wons and some provide a pack of cigarette whenever the student skips a class. The University authorities warned the students of severe punishments several times in the past, and, in fact, this last February 7, seven students were kicked out of the University. This does not seem to have any effects and the number of student dealers of second-hand goods tends to increase. According to the University authorities, about 40% of all the students are estimated to deal with the second-hand goods.
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