An estimated 11 million people in North Korea – over 43 per cent of the population – are undernourished and that “chronic food insecurity and malnutrition is widespread”, according to a United Nations report.
The report, issued by Tapan Mishra, head of the UN office in North Korea, said “widespread undernutrition threatens an entire generation of children, with one in five children stunted due to chronic undernutrition.”
Mishra said last year’s UN appeal for US$111 million (NZ$162m) to help 6 million of North Korea’s most vulnerable people was only 24 percent funded, one of the lowest levels in the world.
Because of the funding shorthaul an estimated 1.4 million people went without needed food, and almost 800,000 people didn’t have access to essential health services, the UN said.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said its humanitarian team in North Korea was calling for US$120 million “to urgently provide life-saving aid to 3.8 million people.”
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