Aid Group Mulls Halting North Korean Operations

Samaritan’s Purse is considering suspending its work in North Korea should the country’s recent attack on South Korea drive away donors as experts have speculated.

“The current firing upon South Korea will definitely have an effect on our relief efforts and yes, it will possibly cause a suspension. There is no question that this will have an impact on funding for relief work in DPRK (North Korea),” Franklin Graham, the group’s president, told Reuters.

Samaritan’s Purse is one of few aid groups operating in North Korea. It has been operating in the country for more than ten years, Reuters says.

World Vision, Mercy Corps, American Friends Service Committee and other aid organizations working in the country said they are closely monitoring the situation.

On Nov. 25, North Korea fired artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing at least two South Korean soldiers and two civilians.

South Korea has suspended shipment of the remaining portion of the flood aid it promised to North Korea.

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