A VISIT TO THE LAND OF THE VANISHING LAKE

Eason Jordan, president of CNN International, emerged last Saturday from his seventh visit to North Korea since 1994. Here is his account of that country's famine:

The sun is relentless. The rice paddies, which need at least a foot of water, have less than one or two inches. The corn, which should be as tall as I am at this time of year, is barely half my height. Prospects for both the rice and the corn harvests are bleak. Everything is parched, and with each rainless day, water is vanishing with cruel rapidity. One evening I was at a huge lake,...

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