September 9, 1996 in Nation/World

No Sign Of Relief In Famine-Stricken North Korea

Associated Press

North Korea’s famine is deepening and there is no sign of relief, an international aid agency official says.

Recent flooding in the isolated Communist country has worsened an already acute food shortage, Kathi Zellweger, director of the Romebased Catholic aid agency Caritas, told Associated Press Television on Saturday.

Zellweger, who recently returned from North Korea, said “everybody is suffering and everybody is hungry.”

“It is different from what we are used to from Africa famine, where you see the hollow bellies and all that,” she said in an interview in Beijing.

“You do not see much of that in North Korea because the food available is distributed very thinly over the whole population,” Zellweger added.

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