07 Nov 2021 - 06:08:37
Voices from bothSLOTXOinside and outside North Korea say the country's people are facing a difficult winter. South Korean defectors told the BBC their families still in North Korea were facing starvation.
“There are problems such as more orphans on the streets. And there are continual reports of people dying from starvation,” said Lee Sang-yong, editor of the North Korean news website Daily NK, who said the poor suffer more and more because of more severe food shortages. expected
North Korea's borders have been closed since January last year because of the coronavirus outbreak. This makes the transmission of information from inside the country even more difficult than before. Sending a message to a departed family member is very risky.
Anyone caught with an unauthorized cell phone could be sent to a labor camp. However, some North Koreans still try to send letters or voice messages over their phones to their loved ones and the media. in seoul
every grain of rice
North Korea has faced food shortages in the past. But the pandemic has made things even worse. North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Compare the current situation with the 1990 crisis when hundreds of thousands of people died from starvation.
Despite signs that North Korea will reopen its borders with China But I'm not sure how much trade and assistance I can get. This year's harvest season will be a big variable after last year's typhoons caused huge damage to crops. The United Nations estimates that North Korea will face a food shortage for at least a few months.
Tens of thousands of people were reportedly sent. including the army went to help harvest rice and corn, and Mr. Kim Jong-un ordered to collect every grain of rice and said that whoever ate the rice had to help harvest
Mr Lee, from Daily NK, said there was an atmosphere of fear because strict penalties were imposed on anyone stealing or cheating while helping to harvest crops.
Last week, a legislator who attended a closed South Korean parliamentary meeting said: South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Kim felt he was walking on thin ice or was in a precarious situation because of the economy. Others also made other epidemics such as typhoid fever even more widespread.
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