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North Koreans Driven to Cannibalism from Famine and Govt Mismanagement

Posted on the 28 January 2013 by Eowyn @DrEowyn

The psychopathic Communist regime in North Korea is being even more psychopathic than usual.

The BBC reports, Jan. 26, 2013, that since the UN had tightened sanctions against North Korea this week over a recent rocket test, Pyongyang issued a series of increasingly shrill warnings.

On Thursday, Pyongyang said it would proceed with a “high-level” nuclear test in a move aimed at it “arch-enemy,” the United States. A day later, it promised “physical counter-measures” against South Korea if it participated in the UN sanctions regime.

Today, North Korea’s state media warned of “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” whatever that means.

When I heard the news this morning, I was wondering what could have set off the already psychopathic Pyongyang regime. Then I saw this grotesque news report.

There are credible reports that North Korean parents are eating their children, after being driven mad by hunger from successive years of famine, due mainly to gross mismanagement by the state.

Becky Evans reports for the Daily Mail, Jan. 27, 2013, that a starving man in North Korea has been executed after murdering his two children for food, reports from inside the secretive state claim.

A “hidden famine” in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people and there are fears that incidents of cannibalism have risen.

The grim story is just one to emerge as residents battle starvation after a drought hit farms and shortages were compounded by party officials confiscating food to give to the elite residents of the capital Pyongyang. At the same time, the regime continues to pour vast sums of money into the military, including two rocket launches.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has spent vast sums of money on two rocket launches and prompted fears of a third

North Korea’s porky well-fed leader, Kim Jong Un, 30 — son of the late Dear Leader Kim Jong Il and grandson of the late Great Leader Kim Il Sung.

Undercover reporters from Asia Press told the Sunday Times that one man dug up his grandchild’s corpse and ate it. An official of the ruling Korean Workers Party is quoted as saying: “In a village in Chongdan county, a man who went mad with hunger boiled his own child, ate his flesh and was arrested.”

Jiro Ishimaru, from Asia Press, which compiled a 12 page report, said: “Particularly shocking were the numerous testimonies that hit us about cannibalism.”

An informant said: “In my village in May a man who killed his own two children and tried to eat them was executed by a firing squad.” The informant said the father had killed his eldest daughter while his wife was away on business and then killed his son because he had witnessed the murder. When his wife returned the man told her they had “meat,” but she became suspicious and contacted officials who discovered part of the children’s bodies.

Farming communities, such as these pictured outside the capital Pyongyang last year, have been desperately hit by drought which has led to reports of people turning to cannibalism in a bid to ward off starvation

Farming communities have been desperately hit by drought, resulting in widespread famine.

One official said the fields are in such a bad state that he had to avert his eyes

One official said the fields are in such a bad state from drought that he had to avert his eyes.

This is not the first time that reports of cannibalism have come out of North Korea.

North Korea was hit by a terrible famine in the 1990s – known as the Arduous March – which killed between 240,000 and 3.5 million people.

In May last year, the South Korean state-run Korean Institute for National Unification said that one man was executed after eating part of a colleague and then trying to sell the remains as mutton. Another man killed and ate a girl and a third report of cannibalism was recorded from 2011. Another man was executed in May after murdering 11 people and selling the bodies as pork.

Cannibalism has also been reported in the vast network of prison camps inside North Korea, such as Camp 22, pictured, where 50,000 are believed to be imprisoned
Cannibalism has also been reported in the vast network of prison camps inside North Korea, such as Camp 22, pictured, where 50,000 are believed to be imprisoned.

See also the report by The Independent, Jan. 27, 2013.

During North Korea’s famine in the 1990s, international food aid (mainly by South Korea and the United States) poured into the secretive country. Alas, most if not all of the food went to feed the North Korean party elite and the military.

Sadly, the same is certain to happen today, as well.


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