04 Jul '11, 7am

EU to provide emergency food aid to 650,000 malnourished North Koreans

EU to provide emergency food aid to 650,000 malnourished North Koreans

EU humanitarian aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. -- PHOTO: AP BRUSSELS - THE European Commission said on Monday it will provide 10 million euros (S$17.81 million) in emergency food aid to North Korea to help 650,000 people at risk of dying from serious malnutrition. Citing fears of a 'worsening hunger crisis,' the commission said the aid will mainly go to the northern and eastern provinces of the country 'during the most difficult period of the worst year for food production in recent times.' The situation has become so dire that an increasing number of North Koreans have resorted to eating grass, the commission said. A strict monitoring system was agreed with North Korean authorities to ensure the aid goes to the intended recipients, the European Union's executive arm said in a statement. 'Clearly, North Korea's chronic nutrition problem is turning into an acute cri...

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