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Food Insecurity - Humanitarian Snapshot

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U.S. Emergency Flood Assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.)

In response to humanitarian needs arising from recent flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.), the United States will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to D.P.R.K. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will contribute up to $900,000 in emergency relief supplies to North Korea's Kangwon and North and South Hwanghae provinces through U.S. NGOs. Following severe flooding in September 2010, USAID provided $600,000 in emergency relief supplies to the D.P.R.K.

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U.S. Gave $1.3 Billion to N.Korea Since 1995

Chosun Ilbo

U.S. aid to North Korea over the last 15 years totaled more than US$1.3 billion, according to official figures. The U.S. Congressional Research Service in a report Sunday said Washington provided $1.31 billion worth of food, energy and medical aid to North Korea since 1995, when the Geneva accords on the dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons was signed.

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Floods DREF operation n° MDRKP002 Final report

GLIDE n° FL-2010-000153-PRK

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

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North Korea Today No. 405

[“Good Friends” aims to help the North Korean people from a humanistic point of view and publishes “North Korea Today” describing the way the North Korean people live as accurately as possible. We at Good Friends also hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.]

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Floods DREF operation n° MDRKP002 Interim final report

Summary: CHF 378,714 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 August 2010 to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 16,000 beneficiaries and to replenish 2,500 family disaster preparedness stocks.

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China + 4 others
East Asia Appeal No. MAA54001 Annual report 2010

This report covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2010.

In brief

Programmes summary:

The IFRC’s East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The IFRC has programmes that support the national societies in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea MAAKP002 Annual Report

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010

In brief Programme outcome: The programmes supported by the international Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are all streamlined with the strategic aims of IFRC’s Strategy 2020:

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DPR Korea: UN agencies begin emergency operations to feed 3.5 million people

UN News Service

29 April 2011 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced plans to introduce emergency operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to feed an estimated 3.5 million people in desperate need after crop losses and a particularly bitter winter. Women and children will be the focus of the one-year WFP operation, which follows an assessment by several aid agencies of food security inside the DPRK, according to a press release issued by the agency. The operation is expected to cost just over $200 million.

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Human Rights Council holds Interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Democratic Republic of Korea

Human Rights Council

14 March 2011

Concludes General Debate on the Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Including the Right to Development

The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The Council also concluded its general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.

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North Korea Today No. 376

  • Nationwide Pardon on the 65th Anniversary of the Party Foundation
  • Pyongyang Residents Rejoice at Food Distribution
  • Pyongyang now Relieved after the 65th Anniversary Celebration
  • „Special Safety Force‟ in Demonstrative Operation to Investigate Judicial Institutions
  • Flood Destroys Half of Farm Harvests in Keumya County
  • Rice Production Likely to Drop by 30% in YeomJoo County
  • The Ongoing Flood Damage
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Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Mr. Marzuki Darusman, at the end of his visit to the Republic of Korea, 22 to 26 November 2010

As the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's republic of Korea, I was on my first official visit to the Republic of Korea from 22 to 26 November 2010. The purpose of my visit was to assess the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it impacts on the republic of Korea (RoK). In October this year, my request to access the DPRK did not receive a favourable decision from the Government of the DPRK. This paved my decision to travel first to neighbouring countries,
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Aid Shipments to N.Korea Halted

Chosun Ilbo
In response to North Korea's devastating artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday, South Korea has suspended aid shipments of food and cement to the North's flood-stricken Shinuiju region.

Seoul's Unification Ministry announced on Wednesday that the South Korean Red Cross' delivery of 3,700 tons of cement and US$506,000 worth of medical supplies in China's Dandong has been halted.

Nearly $2.4 million worth of private sector-led humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups in North Korea awaiting shipment has also been suspended.

A day earlier, the Ministry banned South

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North Korea faces serious cereal deficit - Food shortages and undernourishment to continue

16 November 2010, Rome - About five million people living in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will continue to face food shortages despite a relatively good harvest and a slight increase in food supply, a joint report by FAO and WFP said today.

A joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission that visited DPRK in September found that the country faces a cereal import requirement for the 2010/11 marketing year (Nov/Oct)

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Mission Highlights

In DPRK, including the estimates for the 2010 main season harvest and forecast for the 2011 early season crops, a total of 5.33 million tonnes of staple food production from the cooperative farms, individual plots on sloping land and household gardens for 2010/11 is expected. This is about 3 percent higher than in 2009/10. When paddy is converted to milled rice, the above total production comes to 4.48 million tonnes.

A substantial increase in production was expected due to some improvements in the availability of fertilizer,

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North Korea Today No. 375

  • Rice Price Drops at the News of Lifting Rice Support Obligations
  • Upon Arrival of Food from China, Food is Distributed to Each County.
  • Raise in Pay Next Year
  • Significant Improvement in Electrical Power Conditions since October
  • "Now that we have electricity, it's like drinking the nectar of the gods"
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North Korea Today No. 374

- Central Party Orders to Stop Collecting Rice for Military Provision

- Sound of Hailing at Farms at the News of No More Collection of Rice for Military Provision

- "Finally They Think of People"

- Meat Support Obligation to the Military Also Lifted

- "At least now we can fill our bellies with potatoes."

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China + 4 others
East Asia Region: Revised Plan 2011 (MAA5400111)

Executive summary

In the context of the Asia Pacific zone's demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, the East Asia region is at high risk from a wide range of disasters and health emergencies.

There are five nations within the East Asia region: China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (RoK), Mongolia and Japan. The countries in the region are plagued with both the threat of major earthquakes and flooding, which recently has intensified caused by changing climate and typhoons, and the

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Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Revised Plan 2011 (MAAKP00211)

Executive summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the largest humanitarian organization in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for many years, thanks to its close collaboration with the DPRK Red Cross to assist to the most vulnerable in the country. In the coming years, the DPRK Red Cross, with support from IFRC, plans to strengthen its programmes based on existing needs and available funding, with a strong emphasis on long-term development.

Despite the DPRK government's focus on

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S.Korea sends promised flood relief aid to N.Korea

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea is sending the first dispatch of relief supplies including 5,000 tons of rice to North Korea on Monday, after it was battered by torrential rain this summer, officials said.

Two ships carrying rice and instant noodles were to depart South Korean ports for the northeastern Chinese port of Dandong on the border with North Korea, the South's unification ministry said.

The aid will be delivered later from Dandong to the North's border city of Sinuiju, it said.

South Korea has promised to send a 10

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