Hidden Famine Turns North Koreans into Cannibals

Posted on March 14, 2013

Aside from launching missiles and satellites, and also Dennis Rodman visiting the country, North Korea has taken the headlines again these past few months. It was reported that some North Koreans now turn to cannibalism due to a “hidden famine.”

Asia Press was able to compile reports from different citizen journalists, which were later on published by the Sunday Times. This was one of the most disturbing reports:

“While his wife was away on business, he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying, ‘We have meat.’”

“But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children’s bodies under the eaves.”

Another report from a citizen journalist named Gwang-ho Gu reads that “there was an incident [in which] a man was arrested for digging up the grave of his grandchild and eating the remains.”

These are not the first reports of cannibalism in North Korea. In 2003, a food shortage led to people killing and eating their children, as well as selling corpses as food.

These reports have not been proven, however, because no hard evidence can be found to back them. In North Korea, finding the truth is nearly impossible. However, Asia Press has already worked with these correspondents and vouches for their reports.

We also can’t deny the fact that North Korea was badly hit by storms in the recent years.

Is there really a “hidden famine” in North Korea? What do you think?


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Emily Alley
Emily Alley

Well couldn't they condemn us, the U.S. for the same atrocities? We actually have documented cases...

David Summers
David Summers

Whataboutism: Whataboutism is a propaganda tactic originally used by the Soviet Union in its dealings with the Western world during the Cold War. The tactic was used when criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, wherein the response would be "What about..." followed by the naming of an event in the Western world loosely similar to the original item of criticism. At the end of the Cold War, the usage of the tactic began dying out, but saw a resurgence in modern Russia in relation to a number of human rights violations and other criticisms expressed to the Russian government. The Guardian writer Miriam Elder discussed how the tactic is used especially by Vladimir Putin's government and his spokesman, but also how most criticisms on human rights violations have generally gone unanswered. However, Elder's article on the difficulty of dry-cleaning in Moscow was responded to instead, with a whataboutism on the difficulty of obtaining a visa to the United Kingdom. In July 2012, RIA Novosti columnist Konstantin von Eggert wrote an article about the use of whataboutism in relation to Russian and American support for different governments in the Middle East. According to The Economist, there are two methods of properly countering Whataboutism. The first is to "use points made by Russian leaders themselves" so that they cannot be applied to a Western nation and the second method is for Western nations to apply more self-criticism in its media and its governmental statements. See also "tu quoque" (Source: Wikipedia)

John Henry
John Henry

That reminds me of the "Wrong Turn" movies. yeah but seriously, there is cannibalism everywhere...and some places there is food available.