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Feeding North Korean kids, one bakery at a time

British pastor, whose charity runs six bakeries in North Korea feeding 18,000 children, wants to expand his bread project

Growing up as the son of a North Korean who escaped to the South during the Korean War, pastor George Rhee was fascinated with stories told by his father of the giant apple farm and 99-room house owned by his wealthy landlord grandfather.

When he finally got to visit North Korea in 2002, he was struck by the poverty and the number of malnourished children roaming the streets, and he decided to help.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2019, with the headline 'Feeding North Korean kids, one bakery at a time'. Print Edition | Subscribe