Wed. Aug 21st, 2019

Can another famine in North Korea be prevented? | Inside Story

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Millions face food shortages because of the worst drought in 37 years

An estimated two million North Koreans died during the famine in the 1990s.
Aid workers, and even state media, are calling for international help to prevent history repeating itself.
The official news agency is reporting the worst drought in 37 years, and blames economic sanctions for making matters worse.
North Koreans are being urged to fight what’s called ‘a war against nature’ to find new water sources and protect crops.
The UN has just reported the lowest harvest in a decade, and warned that 10 million people are going hungry.
Can their suffering force the North to abandon its ballistic missile programme and restart denuclearisation talks with the United States?

Presenter: Nick Clark

Han Park – Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues.

Gitte Rabol – Advocacy Manager for the Country Cluster Support Team at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Aidan Foster-Carter – Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University.

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