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megimoo
06-27-2011, 11:06 AM
The video shows young children caked in filth begging in markets.

The video shows young children caked in filth begging in markets. (ABC TV)

Video: Starving plight of N Koreans revealed (ABC News)
Audio: Even Army struggling for food in North Korea (AM)

Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state.

The video is some of the most revealing footage ever smuggled out of the impoverished North Korean state.

Shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist, the harrowing footage shows images of filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for food and soldiers demanding bribes.

The footage also shows North Koreans labouring on a private railway track for the dictator's son and heir near the capital Pyongyang.

Strolling up to the site supervisor, the man with the hidden camera asks what is going on.

"This rail line is a present from Kim Jong-il to comrade Kim Jong-un," he is told.

The well-fed Kim Jong-un could soon be ruling over a nation of starving, impoverished serfs.

The video shows young children caked in filth begging in markets, pleading for scraps from compatriots who have nothing to give.

"I am eight," says one boy. "My father died and my mother left me. I sleep outdoors."

Many of the children are orphans; their parents victims of starvation or the gulag.

But markets do exist - private markets that stock bags of rice, pork, and corn. The state no longer has any rations to hand out.

But the state wants its share of this embryonic capitalism....In the footage, a party official is demanding a stallholder make a donation of rice to the army.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/27/3253979.htm

noonwitch
06-27-2011, 12:08 PM
Poor people of North Korea. All we can really do is pray for them. Diplomacy doesn't help and neither do sanctions. Military action would risk too much for too little.