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Will millions of North Koreans starve?

A desperate country pleads for food


 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has dispatched embassy officials around the world to go cap-in-hand to foreign governments asking for food aid, as the combined effects of poor harvests and inefficient collectivist farming practices threaten famine in the communist country. The move suggests North Korea may be in for a famine, a series of which have struck the country in recent decades, costing by some estimates as many as two million lives. Exacerbating the problem: Kim’s obsessive secrecy. While Pyongyang could ask the World Food Programme (WFP) for help, the organization quite rightly demands access to food distribution points to ensure it’s getting to the people who need it, and Kim prefers not to let them in. Hence the direct appeal to other countries.

The Guardian


 
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Will millions of North Koreans starve?

  1. While I certainly don't want to see anyone starve, if Kim Jong-Il insists on banning observers then North Korea shouldn't get the food. Without inspections to ensure proper distribution, it is almost certain the food will go first to the military and members of Kim's establishment. Regular citizens will still starve.

    No food without monitoring. Maybe that will finally be enough to bring an end to his dictatorship.

    • Unfortunately, you can rest assured that the last ones to feel the pangs of hunger will be his soldiers.

      ..and bullets don't need to eat.

  2. There is no shortage of people who are in desparate need of food and there is a limited supply of food. It is obvious that the North Korean government does not care about the well being of its people. It only cares about the survival of the regime. It is sad, but until there is a change in the govenment of Noth Korea, any surplus food should go to other countries who are as deserving & have better governments.

  3. Pretty much agreed with the comments above. It sounds heartless & cruel to say no, but how would you even know the food is going to those who need it? Handing it over without full verification is just as cruel. This regime needs to implode once and for all.

  4. Someone should educate them on vertical farming and aeroponics, hydroponics, aquaponics.

    While you are at it also educate them about a Resource Based Economy so they can cease there dictatorship and free their people.
    Check out Zeitgeist Moving Forward and send it to them:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w

  5. Someone educate them on vertical farming and aeroponics, hydroponics, aquaponics.

    While you are at it tell them about a Resource Based Economy so they can remove their dictatorship and free their people and make the rest of the world jealous.

    Watch Zeitgeist Moving Forward and send it to them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w

    Macleans staff, if you find anything in my post inappropriate then please remove that and warn me instead of censoring my whole post.

  6. There is a huge problem with letting them starve beyond the human cost.
    The N Korean Government will not go down easy or alone. If their people are starved into insurrection they will use their nuclear weapons. The group mentality in that country's leadership cannot conceive that their country will continue without the system they believe in. How many fathers have killed their families and then themselves when hard times have hit? It'll quite possibly be an extension of this principle that will cause the N Korean leaders to react very badly to the thought of collapse. It's all about ego, dogma and losing face.
    This situation is fraught with serious dangers and consequences to many.

  7. Left wingers don't say much when people starve to death as a result of the big government policies they advocate. Leftists have zero empathy for the people they wish to control, that is what makes their statements so insincere.

    • You are an idiot, what does this article have to do with Left Wing? Except you providing your views on left Wing. If anything Left Wing are the more compassionate. The Right Wing is only for lower taxes and everyone else gets screwed. I was a Right Winger until I saw the huge hypocrisy……

    • Philanthropist, are you equating, say, the NDP, with the Kim regime? Are you saying that left of centre=starvation is ok? Laughable hyperbole.

    • Too cold to stay under the bridge, huh?

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