More Food Aid Urged for North Korea

Unless food aid is scaled up now, it may be too late to assist hungry people in North Korea through the lean season that starts in May, aid groups have warned.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Save the Children have urged donors to increase food donations to the reclusive Asian nation, the Guardian reports. 

“We fear there is donor fatigue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” said Katharina Zellweger, country director for the Swiss government’s development agency. “So much with the DPRK boils down to political issues and then you forget the humanitarian principles.”

More than 6 million people in North Korea are in need of immediate international food aid, according to a report released by the World Food Program last week.

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Andy Featherstone, Save the Children’s director of strategy for East and Southeast Asia, said: “We would hope [donors] would review decisions they have taken and be more generous in meeting the appeal [following the WFP assessment].”

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