Horror In North Korea

The Agonist has a disturbing bit on starvation leading to cannibalism in North Korea as the government of Kim Jung-Il continues to develop nuclear weapons technology.

Aid agencies are alarmed by refugees’ reports that children have been killed and corpses cut up by people desperate for food. Requests by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to be allowed access to "farmers’ markets", where human meat is said to be traded, have been turned down by Pyongyang, citing "security reasons".

Anyone caught selling human meat faces execution, but in a report compiled by the North Korean Refugees Assistance Fund (NKRAF), one refugee said: "Pieces of ‘special’ meat are displayed on straw mats for sale. People know where they came from, but they don’t talk about it."

Of course, if the North Koreans are to be believed, the country is a socialist worker’s paradise where everyone is happy and loves their Dear Leader. When the truth emerges from the wreckage of North Korea sooner or later, the true horrors of the DPRK will show the true face of socialist authoritarianism.

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