World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

DPR Of Korea Faces 'Dire' Food Shortage


DPR OF KOREA FACES 'DIRE' FOOD SHORTAGE UNLESS DONORS STEP IN, UN OFFICIAL WARNS

New York, Nov 18 2002 5:00PM

The top United Nations relief official in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that the country's food and humanitarian situation is rapidly becoming critical - a situation that could worsen as countries hold back pledges because of concerns over the lack of accounting for aid deliveries.

Masood Haider told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is cutting 3 million people from its food assistance rolls, which had covered 9 million. Of the 6 million still receiving aid, 4 million are children, while the remainder included the elderly, women and other vulnerable persons. By next year, he added, the number of those WFP would be able to assist would have to be further reduced to 1.5 million in the absence of more donor commitments.

Mr. Haider, who just returned from a trip to the DPRK, said that only one month's supply for next year has been pledged already because donors are concerned about the lack of an adequate means of monitoring humanitarian assistance in the country. In addition, aid workers there never had unimpeded access to all areas, while the country's current political situation was also thought to be hampering the relief effort.

Noting that in the past, major donors had kept politics out of humanitarian assistance, Mr. Haider voiced hope that this principle would continue to apply because those being helped by the UN were not the cause of the current political difficulties. "The people that the UN assists really need continued assistance," he said. "We hope very much, we trust that this essential separation will be maintained."



The consequences of the current shortfall in food supply would not be apparent now because the harvest is going on, even though the cutbacks had started in September, growing progressively more severe. By Spring, however, the effects would be "dire," as 4 million children are already malnourished, Mr. Haider warned, voicing concern that the damage to their growth would be permanent if steady food assistance were not provided.

2002-11-18 00:00:00.000


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Anti-Corbyn Split In British Labour

The resignation of seven UK Labour MPs in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is another example of the centre-left’s readiness to sabotage its own cause ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Support The US-Led Coup In Venezuela

There’s a decidedly retro feel to the US-engineered coup now unfolding in Venezuela, which looks like a throwback to the 1950s, back when the US could overthrow any country (Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954) that posed a problem (or presented an opportunity) for US corporate interests. More>>

ALSO:

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ongoing Carnage In Gaza

The past month has devoted a lot of space to the best music and films of 2018, and far less to the past year’s human rights violations. The under-reporting on the ongoing carnage in Gaza has been a case in point. More>>

ALSO:

New Report: Refugees In PNG Being Pushed To The Brink

Refugee Council of Australia and Amnesty International paint a stark picture of a traumatised refugee population hit hard by Australia's recent healthcare and counselling service cuts, as well as continued threats to their safety. More>>

ALSO: