Severe famine in North Korea's rural North and South Hwanghae province has brought about the death of 10 000 people due to cannibalism. Fears have emerged that the phenomenon will only increase. A report by Asia Press points out particularly shocking testimonies.
Undercover journalists revealed that food was confiscated by North Korea's communists from the two poorest countries in the country and then distributed in the capital Pyongyang. Drought has exacerbated the misery and further reduced resources.
Crazed and famished dwellers of North Korea have resorted to cannibalism to satisfy their hunger. This is not the first time that similar news about North Korea has been reported. In May 2012, the Institute for National Unification South Korea received the news about a North Korean man who was executed for having eaten parts of one of his colleagues and tried to sell the rest of the body as mutton. Another was executed for killing 11 people and selling their bodies as pork.
There are also incidents of cannibalism in the detention camps. It is believed that in the 1990s, a terrible famine, known as the Arduous March, killed between 240,000 and 3.5 million North Koreans. UN officials visited North Korea at that time but were prevented from visiting the areas affected.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.