EU to Give $14.5M in Emergency Food Aid to North Korea

North Korean kids eat a meal of rice and vegetables. The European Commission plans to donate 10 million euros to the country. Photo by: Gerald Bourke / WFP

The European Commission plans to donate 10 million euros ($14.5 million) to North Korea as the reclusive Asian country grapples with its worst food crisis in years.

The commission is set to release the funds before the October harvest, according to the Irish Times.

“Our experts saw severely malnourished children in hospitals and nurseries where no treatment was available,” said European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva. “The purpose of this aid package is to save the lives of at least 650,000 people who could otherwise die from lack of food.”

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    Louie-An is a former senior development analyst at Devex Manila. She has held consulting and editorial positions at the Asian Development Bank in Manila and a business-to-business media company in Hong Kong and mainland China.