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Caritas issues warning on North Korean starvation

Caritas is concerned that the recent succession of North Korea's new leader is deflecting attention from the dire predicament of its people.

Published: January 04, 2012 08:22 AM GMT
Caritas issues warning on North Korean starvation

As world attention focuses on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, Caritas, the international Catholic confederation of relief and development agencies, has urged the international community not to neglect millions of hungry people in the isolated Asian nation. Floods, a harsh winter, poor farming infrastructure in North Korea and rising global food prices have left two-thirds of the 24.5 million population without enough to eat. Caritas says aid is desperately needed in the country, but North Koreans risk becoming victims of political tensions on the peninsula. Caritas members including Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy met in December in Seoul to discuss the worsening crisis in North Korea and how best to respond to the needs of the people in the politically isolated country. “Charity does not know any borders,” said Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, at the meeting. “In all these difficult realities of human pain and suffering, Caritas Korea continues to demonstrate, practically and effectively, that we are all one family.” Full Story:Hunger warning for North Korea   Source: Ekklesia

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