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North Korean children’s food situation ‘still dire’

New report details hunger and malnutrition that doesn’t have to happen

A dozen years ago on a visit to North Korea I caught a glimpse of an unfamiliar phenomenon.

  • Bradley K. Martin
  • Asia Times

A platoon of soldiers, away from their base for a day of R&R, marched toward me along a broad, marble-floored museum corridor.

All of the young men were conspicuously short, several under five feet.

I had heard about youngsters stunted by the horrible famine of the mid-1990s but, on previous trips, hadn’t been permitted to see the human evidence.

The setting made the sight especially chilling. The million-square-foot museum warehoused a…

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