The following appeal is from Seattle-based Zoom in Korea contributor Simone Chun:

 

Dear Friend—we can always start something new every day.  Please spread the word about the victims of devastating flooding in North Korea.  At least 140,000 people are now estimated to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance following the floods that struck the country earlier this month.

Please add this to your to-do list. The children and women who were helped today will know that there is a world outside North Korea where people do care about them.

You can give through the RED CROSS

Flood-hit provinces North Hamgyong and Ryanggang have the worst levels of hunger in the country, according to the World Food Program (WFP). WFP said the families will need help through the winter when temperatures can plunge to below minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit).

 

One country that can do the most but refuses is South Korea. Shame!

 

  • Each year the South Korean government spends huge sums of money just to store the 200,000 tons of surplus rice imported from the United States plus 500,000 tons of locally-produced rice.
  • Many lawmakers and farmers urge the government resume sending 400,000 tons out of the surplus rice as humanitarian aid to North Korea.

One hopes that South Korea joins the global humanitarian relief efforts by helping our children, brothers and sisters in North Korea.

 

Make your voice heard by emailing the following simple appeal to:

 

We demand that Presidents Obama and Park Geun-hye remain cognizant of the humanitarian crisis in North Korea, and that they immediately work to renew diplomatic efforts to prevent further nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula and the region of Northeast Asia. Most importantly, we demand that both governments facilitate rather than hinder delivery of humanitarian aid and people-to-people exchanges to the North so that innocent civilians are not made to suffer needlessly.

 

RESOURCES

 

Peterson Institute for International Economics – Stephan Haggard and Kent Boydston

“Our hearts go out to the North Koreans affected by the current flooding. According to the UN (link is external), the floods are devastating, leaving 60 dead, 44,000 displaced, and 4,400 homes destroyed. (See the UN’s infographic below). The worst-hit counties are Yonsa, Musan, and Hoeryong City. This natural disaster comes after last year’s Typhoon Goni, which also caused significant damage (link is external) in the North Hamgyong region.”

 

Update via Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Flooding – Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 11 September 2016)

 

CNN – North Korea Makes Rare Public Appeal for Flood Relief

“Thousands of homes will need to be rebuilt before winter sets in and by the end of October overnight temperatures can plummet to sub-zero.”

 

The New York Times – After North Korea Flooding, Relief Agencies Help Tens of Thousands

The World Food Program said it supplied emergency food by diverting fortified food stocks from local factories that it has been running to feed children and pregnant and nursing mothers. It said it required $1.2 million to replenish the stocks for the children and women. Over all, it said it needed $21 million until next August to help people in North Korea, where it said more than 70 percent of the population suffer food shortages.

 

The Guardian – Unicef warns of severe child malnourishment in North Korea

About 25,000 children in North Korea require immediate treatment for malnutrition after a drought cut food production by a fifth and the government reduced rations, Unicef has warned.

 

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