“Communist Party officials have reportedly been confiscating what little food there is…”
Instances of cannibalism in two of North Korea‘s famine-struck provinces are on the rise, as reported by London’s Daily Mail. What has been tagged as a “hidden famine,” the drought-plagued farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae have been hit so hard it’s been reported that up to 10,000 people have died of starvation.
Reports Of Cannibalism Slowly Surface…
One hunger-maddened Korean peasant reportedly killed both of his children for food. Undercover reporters from Asia Press told The Sunday Times (of London) that one man dug up his grandchild’s corpse and ate it.
The Sunday Times also quoted an official of the ruling Korean Worker’s [Communist] party as saying, ” In a village in Chongdan county, a man who went mad with hunger boiled his own child, ate his flesh and was later arrested.”
During the spring of 2012, the South Korean government reported that “one man was executed after eating part of a colleague and then trying to sell the remains as mutton.” With information from the North rare, at least one man killed and ate a girl and an additional report of cannibalism was recorded from 2011.
Another man was executed last Spring after murdering 11 people and selling the bodies as pork. There were also reports of cannibalism in the country’s vast network of notoriously barbaric prison camps.
To add to the misery, Communist Party officials have reportedly been confiscating what little food there is in the two starving provinces. According to demographics professor Thomas Spoorenberg and economics professor Daniel Schwekendiek, as many as 3,500,000 North Koreans have died of starvation from 1993 – 2008.
In a related story, due to growth in Korean children in the North being stunted by decades worth of starvation, the Pyongyang government recently lowered the height requirement to be conscripted into the Communist Army from 4′ 9″ to 4′ 7″ tall (145 to 142 centimeters).
That is the same height as the average American child at the age of 10 years, 3 months old, or that of the average South Korean 4th Grader. Most of the teenage boys [from N. Korea] stood less than 5 feet tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. In contrast, the average 17-year-old South Korean boy is 5-feet-8, slightly shorter than an American boy of the same age.
For an accurate contrast, an M-1 Garand rifle with fixed bayonet is 53.5 inches long. Whereas the minimum height for the North Korean People’s Army is 55 inches (4′ 7″).