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North Korea faces famine: 'Tell the world we are starving'
Telegraph ^ | 07/16/11 | Peter Foster

Posted on 07/16/2011 6:57:22 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

North Korea faces famine: 'Tell the world we are starving'

More than a decade after North Korea was struck by a famine that killed up to a million people, the country's poorest are once again facing starvation, reports Peter Foster in Yanji

By Peter Foster, Yanji

7:00PM BST 16 Jul 2011

It was an ice-cold day in the North Korean border town of Musan when a small crowd gathered round what looked like a bundle of rags on the platform of the railway station.

"I went up to see what they were looking at," recalled 63-year-old Lee Sun Ok, a North Korean farmer who had come to the city to sell some small rice-cakes she had made to earn money. "And then I saw it was the body of an old man with a piece of cloth placed over his face.

"I asked if he had fallen down because he was sick, but the people shook their heads and said, 'No, he was just too hungry and died for lack of something to eat.'"

Mrs Lee's account is among shocking first hand testimony about the dramatically worsening living conditions in the secretive Stalinist state obtained by The Sunday Telegraph last week.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: communism; famine; gloriesofcommunism; marxism; nkorea; noko; norks
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While talking to foreign reporters is a serious crime in NK, Kim Jong-il probably does not mind these people pleading for food aid. They would be more persuasive than their diplomats in pitching their demand. However, if we give NK a breathing room, we will face better NK ICBM's and smaller nuke warhead which can fit into these missiles. In addition, it would solidify Kim Jong-un's rise. He and his dad are still hoarding grains for next year's big bash. They make their people miserable enough, hoping that outsiders feel sorry for their plight and give food. Absolutely heartless and brutal people.
1 posted on 07/16/2011 6:57:32 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’m sure Obama will be happy to offer more of ours. We’re just greedy Americans.

I never thought I would live to see it but a time is coming when the world will have to get by without America for a while. In the sense that they’ll see how much America has done but the flipside is that it will create a more dangerous world.


2 posted on 07/16/2011 7:02:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Didn't AP just set up an office and satellite dish in Pyongyang?
3 posted on 07/16/2011 7:02:23 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Can’t we send Moose Shell to NK to explain how eating too many fries will kill you?


4 posted on 07/16/2011 7:02:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TigerLikesRooster

To give them any aid would to be an accomplice in their continued enslavement.


5 posted on 07/16/2011 7:02:50 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Funny how Red China lets ‘em all “starve”.


6 posted on 07/16/2011 7:03:20 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I imagine the pet population is down too.


7 posted on 07/16/2011 7:03:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

P!


8 posted on 07/16/2011 7:06:10 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

scrape the military and sell off the nuclear stockpiles and there would be plenty of money to feed the people.


9 posted on 07/16/2011 7:09:48 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

10 posted on 07/16/2011 7:10:04 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Some families now eat grasses almost every day. They have nothing else.

During the last famine North Koreans stripped the landscape near their homes bare of grass and roots. Already weak, they had to venture further and further from home to scrape vegetation from the ground in order to survive. Their entire days were taken up with foraging and eating things we would never consider putting in our mouths. Apparently it is happening again. They have been dehumanized. No human being should have to live like this.

11 posted on 07/16/2011 7:10:24 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Eat your nukes and missles.


12 posted on 07/16/2011 7:10:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

'Tell the world we are starving'



13 posted on 07/16/2011 7:11:00 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Michael Moore could share his daily caloric intake and save many lives.


14 posted on 07/16/2011 7:11:45 PM PDT by MarMema (chains we can believe in)
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To: tet68

... and birds as well.


15 posted on 07/16/2011 7:12:47 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Extending a helping hand to the “people” of N. Korea might sound like it’s the right thing to do but it really isn’t. Giving aid would only help to enable the continuation of the circumstances that led to their current situation.

The only hope for the N. Korean people will come when a sizable majority of the military is hungry enough that they are willing to turn their guns towards their leaders and rid themselves of the Stalinist regime that rules over them. Every little bit of “aid” we sent only helps to prolongs that day.


16 posted on 07/16/2011 7:14:11 PM PDT by Gumption
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Tell the world we are starving

The part of the world that is familiar with the various economic systems and recognizes communism for what it really is already knows they're starving. That's the way it works -- we saw it in the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and saw it in China until they engineered a hybrid system of "communist capitalism."

Yet the Marxists of the world - for instance, our present administration - never seem to learn, do they?

17 posted on 07/16/2011 7:14:11 PM PDT by Marauder ("I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just" -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s unbelievably sad and tragic that an easy solution can be found for N. Korea’s food problem...and all their other problems actually ...SHOOT KIM JONG-IL!!!


18 posted on 07/16/2011 7:17:03 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: SandRat

Probably so.
No dogs, no cats, few birds, people eating
belts and shoes.


19 posted on 07/16/2011 7:17:31 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Communism Works!!!!


20 posted on 07/16/2011 7:17:55 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

One or two bullets would be an inexpensive remedy to this ongoing situation.


21 posted on 07/16/2011 7:18:10 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: tet68
I imagine the pet population is down too.

In one of their earlier famines this millennium, the story was that they
wiped out the cats, and the rat population exploded, spreading
disease, and competing for what little food there was as well.

22 posted on 07/16/2011 7:22:06 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Maybe all those Marxist university professors can explain why NK isn’t awash in prosperity? Then again, maybe not.


23 posted on 07/16/2011 7:22:44 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; Cindy; AmericanInTokyo; All

It really sad article on UK Sunday Telegraph this evening how some dude could’t hold up his head to eat


24 posted on 07/16/2011 7:25:01 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; Cindy; AmericanInTokyo; All

It really sad article on UK Sunday Telegraph this evening how some dude could’t hold up his head to eat


25 posted on 07/16/2011 7:25:14 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: Calvin Locke

Oh yes, I think that if you could get accurate statistics
on suicides you would find that up too, but like
cannabilism those figures are probably tightly kept.


26 posted on 07/16/2011 7:25:32 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: JoeProBono

That one picture tells the story better than the article.


27 posted on 07/16/2011 7:29:05 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

You can’t assume the aid we give them gets to starving poor people. It’d be the first time in the history of dictatorships if that actually happened.

They run cameras for some token poor people eating, then as soon as the filming is done, that food is going to the poltical top mucky mucks and their families and friends and the military. Like in every African dictatorship we’ve tried this in.


28 posted on 07/16/2011 7:29:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Gumption

Starving and still they will not remove the man who is starving them.

Just across the border are jobs and work aplenty for cheap labor and these people would work for food, and yet they continue to keep this regime.

While we take corn to make fuel out of it these people starve. I have tomato’s roting in my garden because I cannot give them away fast enough to the neighbors.

There is food in fields all over America gleaners could send to Korea.Stores throw half rotten vegetables in their dumpsters that these people could eat, We waste more than enough to feed N Kora, but their regime would rather have nukes than feed their people. What a silly ,silly place N Korea is.


29 posted on 07/16/2011 7:30:14 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: tet68

rats and mice


30 posted on 07/16/2011 7:30:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: tet68

People don’t ‘have pets’ in the way Americans do. They ‘have animals’ and that means they may be viewed as pets but more often they double as a food reserve. Here we don’t eat pets, possibly unless you’re a farmer.


31 posted on 07/16/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: MarMema

Hell, barbequeing Michale Moore and serving him to the starving over there could save about a thousand people’s lives for another day.


32 posted on 07/16/2011 7:32:59 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

NO NOTHING ,let them get food from the Chicoms!


33 posted on 07/16/2011 7:34:03 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: rbg81

Perhaps they would blame the west. IF they didn’t have to spend most of their resources on their military, because we never let them take over south korea, they’d be able to be prosperous. All our yankee imperialist fault.


34 posted on 07/16/2011 7:34:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Why don’t “FearlessLeader” go pro on the PGA?


35 posted on 07/16/2011 7:38:15 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Earth first! We can log the other planets later")
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To: COBOL2Java

Young un doesn’t look like he’s missing any meals!


36 posted on 07/16/2011 7:38:49 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Secret Agent Man
That is actually quite close to the argument lefties inside and outside S. Korea is parroting. The only difference is that they won't mention “take over south korea” part.
37 posted on 07/16/2011 7:40:05 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Then let them die. And decrease the surplus population.


38 posted on 07/16/2011 7:43:38 PM PDT by BigCinBigD ("We hold it in our power, to begin the world anew")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

What’s the saying?

Feed a cold, Starve a Kommie....


39 posted on 07/16/2011 7:45:50 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Of all the things you’d think the UN would make itself useful by whining about...! This both inhumane and loose-cannon regime is to make any normal person sick.


40 posted on 07/16/2011 7:48:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Greta went there for a week and did some shows from there......this is very sad. The people don’t have weapons to overthrow this dictator. Yet we are in Libya. Too bad they can’t escape to S.Korea.


41 posted on 07/16/2011 7:49:09 PM PDT by tioga
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To: COBOL2Java
Yes, this lad seems to be well fed......


42 posted on 07/16/2011 7:49:43 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: Cheetahcat

So why doesn’t China go ahead and annex it? China isn’t hurting that bad and it’s got the necessary troops with a hey nonny. No, the Chinese have no heart. They would sooner this little corner of hell on earth continue to exist in its present state — in order to make China’s rivals nervous.


43 posted on 07/16/2011 7:51:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

and the UN does???? why have they not levied “crimes against humanity” charges against the Korean state?


44 posted on 07/16/2011 7:55:00 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Ain’t communism great?
Sheesh. Poor people, they really lost the stork delivery lottery getting born in that hellhole.


45 posted on 07/16/2011 7:58:17 PM PDT by Travis McGee (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: COBOL2Java

The dear leaders don’t seem to be starving.


46 posted on 07/16/2011 7:59:02 PM PDT by Travis McGee (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Since Jane Fonda visited and encouraged the North Vietnamese in the 70s, maybe she will send part of her book royalties to the North Koreans in the 2011s.


47 posted on 07/16/2011 8:03:41 PM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’m tired of North Korea.


48 posted on 07/16/2011 8:04:01 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; All

Kinda reminds me of a form of Auschwitz....with the world watching...


49 posted on 07/16/2011 8:04:29 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: tet68

Wonder how long before they start eating their dead.


50 posted on 07/16/2011 8:05:29 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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