According to the United Nations, millions of North Korean children are not getting enough food, medicine or healthcare they need in order to develop physically or mentally which therefore leaves many children stunted and malnourished.
Most of the children that suffer from such are under 5 years of age and are particularly located in the rural areas of North Korea where the food is scarce and many has chronic diarrhea due to a lack of clean water, sanitation and electricity has become the leading cause of death among children. Also, hospitals are spotless but bare, only few of the households have running water or power, and drugs and medicine are in very short supply.
Fears of drought has also been raised by a reported shortfall of rain. According to the reporters, they have never seen that much kind of sever drought over the past 30 years that they have worked as a farmer in Phyongan province. North Korea does not produce enough food to be able feed its 24 million population and mostly relies on the limited purchases of food as well as he outside donations they obtain to make up for the shortfall.
According to the UN’s Pyongyang based resident coordinator for North Korea, he have seen babies who should have been sitting up were not sitting up and could even hardly hold a bottle on their own. The report points out a picture of deprivation in the countryside of North Korea, which are not often seen by outsiders, who are usually not allowed to travel beyond the relatively prosperous Pyongyang.
There are also arising concerns regarding Korea’s way of helping their people. Both North and South Korea suffers from allegations of having Korean comfort women ever since the World War II started. Most of these Korean comfort women were forced in to sexual slavery for the Japanese military. Although there are only a few of these comfort women in our generation today, there are still reports that Korea is still demanding for Japan’s sincere apology. However, reports also say that these Korean comfort women sued their own government for coercing them to serve as sex slaves in state-controlled brothels for the U.S. military even after the Korean War, which has ended in 1953.
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