THE POLITICS OF FAMINE

MILLIONS IN NORTH KOREA FACE STARVATION. BUT EVERYONE INSISTS ON PLAYING CYNICAL GAMES WITH THEIR LIVES

Up in the bleak northeastern mountains of North Korea, where there is never much food, people are starving to death in slow motion--alone, abandoned, far from television's electronic eye. Their government cannot help them and does not want the world to witness its shame.

In the comparatively rich southern provinces, we are allowed to catch a glimpse of the truth. There is still something to eat, but barely enough to sustain life for long. Severely malnourished children sit listlessly in nurseries and schools, their bodies stunted, their arms like twigs, folds of skin hanging from rib cages, eyes vacant and staring...

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