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North Korea: “massive long-term malnutrition”

October 17, 2008

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea is willing to give the North unconditional food aid but the communist state must fundamentally change its system to end massive long-term malnutrition, a senior official said Friday.

Chief nuclear negotiator Kim Sook also said a decade of engagement under previous liberal Seoul governments had largely been a failure.

This photo released by the World Food Programme shows a mother ... 
This photo released by the World Food Programme shows a mother holding her malnourished twins in a hospital in Hoiryong City, in North Hamgyong Province in June 2008. South Korea is willing to give the North unconditional food aid but the communist state must fundamentally change its system to end massive long-term malnutrition, a senior official said Friday.(AFP/WFP/File)

He was speaking a day after the North threatened to cut all ties with the South in protest at what it termed a hostile policy by the new conservative government.

“The real solution to the chronic food shortage is North Korea’s commitment to fundamental change. However, there is little sign the North is moving toward the right direction,” Kim told a seminar in the southern island of Jeju.

He said “structural inefficiencies” had contributed to “massive malnutrition” which left children aged under 14 almost 14 centimetres (5.6 inches) shorter than their South Korean counterparts.

Kim said the current Seoul government had offered Pyongyang unconditional food aid but it had refused to respond to an offer of 50,000 tons of corn.

He described the food shortage as serious but said it was unlikely to become a full-blown famine, as in the mid- to late 1990s.

The South formerly provided the North with some 400,000 tons of rice a year but the North has not requested the aid this year as relations soured.

Pyongyang has already cut almost all exchanges in protest at conservative President Lee Myung-Bak‘s decision to link economic projects to progress in nuclear disarmament.

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Malnutrition Up in Darfur Despite Aid

December 27, 2007
December 27, 2007
NAIROBI, Kenya — Child malnutrition rates have increased sharply in Darfur, even though it is home to the world’s largest aid operation, according to a new United Nations report.The report showed that 16.1 percent of children affected by the conflict in Darfur, a vast, turbulent region in western Sudan, are acutely malnourished, compared with 12.9 percent last year. For the first time since 2004, the malnutrition rate, a gauge of the population’s overall distress, has crossed what United Nations officials consider to be the emergency threshold.Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/27/world/africa/27darfur.html?hp