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NORTH KOREA RAISES DEATH TOLL IN FLOODS TO GET MORE FOOD THEY WON’T GIVE TO PEOPLE
August 4 2012
Pyongyang, North Korea – No one will dispute North Korea’s status as a pariah state, a position it has occupied now for decades. That status has in fact been an achievement for the country, a goal they work towards in order to, well, no one is really sure. Whatever the reason, they certainly are a pariah.
Some have hoped that with the death of Kim Jong-il the country will change, that it will open up to the rest of the world and participate once again. On the extreme end of that hope is an eventual reunification with the South, to make Korea whole once again, though such a happening doesn’t seem likely, perhaps ever.
Despite that status and continued acrimony with just about every other nation on the planet, when the country has trouble, serious trouble, the world steps up. In the wake of massive floods throughout the country that is exactly what the world has done, promising food and medical supplies to the afflicted region that has killed people and destroyed thousands of acres of farmland. Now the North Korean government has upped the death toll from 88 to 119, a move they hope will force outsiders to send more food, food that of course will end up in the belly of leader Kim Jong-un.
“In general, unless... needs are addressed, rapid increase in diarrhoea, skin infection and respiratory infections could occur,” read a report from UNICEF which is participating with the World Food Programme to aid the country.
UNICEF reported that it will need water sterilization tablets, drugs, and IV fluids to prevent widespread deaths.
The food being sent to the country has likely already been intercepted and sent to secure facilities where it will be kept until the elites get hungry or maggots and mice eat it.
“This is really tragic but is frankly a result of the way the nation is run. The country is so far behind the world, its practices for agriculture for example, that these types of events are bound to happen. You cut down all the trees and damn all the rivers and you are going to end up with floods like this,” said Scrape TV North Korean analyst Lee Joo-Chan. “That means a lot of lives lost. Luckily those people were likely already starving and dying in a flood could well have come as sweet relief from the misery of their existences so it’s not all bad.”
400 people are also missing and likely dead or soon-to-be dead from disease and malnutrition.
“Clearly the government is not motivated even by events like this to open up to the rest of the world and participate in modernism. I mean there really isn’t a good reason for them to do that, honestly, because we just keep taking care of them whenever bad things happen. It may be time that we stop responding to incidents like these because the food isn’t going to the people anyways,” continued Lee. “All that effort and money is just going to seed, literally. It’s better than say Somalia where they just burn the food but it still isn’t going to the people who need it most. Kim certainly doesn’t need it, especially not now with his new wife to please and everything.”
Kim Jong-un has reportedly spent a lot of time looking at pictures of the affected region, getting them dirty with his Cheetos covered fingers.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent