Five U.S.-based non-governmental relief organizations have launched a joint appeal for international aid to feed vulnerable populations in North Korea, which now faces a severe food crisis.
“The team observed evidence of malnutrition, food shortages and people foraging for wild grasses and herbs,” according to a joint statement released by the group at the end of their representatives’ visit to the reclusive Asian country.
The groups include World Vision, Samaritan Purse, Mercy Corps, Christian Friends of Korea and Global Resource Services, Agence France-Presse says.
The appeal comes in the wake of reports that the North Korean government had ordered its embassies to seek food aid from foreign governments.
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