North Korea may be facing severe food shortage: UN

A view of arid farmland north of Pyongyang in February. Squeezed by economic sanctions and bad weather, North Korea has struggled to produce enough food for its people.
A view of arid farmland north of Pyongyang in February. Squeezed by economic sanctions and bad weather, North Korea has struggled to produce enough food for its people.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Report says 40% of country's 25m population need help; critics query severity of situation

For most of their lives spent in a small farming village in North Korea, Ms Eline Park and her family grew and ate corn instead of rice. The corn was dried and cooked like rice, eaten with kimchi and pickles.

"We called it corn rice. It was hard to chew, but we were poor and didn't have enough to eat," the 25-year-old told The Sunday Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 02, 2019, with the headline 'North Korea may be facing severe food shortage: UN'. Print Edition | Subscribe