Representatives to visit North Korea
Since the last visit by Trócaire, the situation in the region has drastically deteriorated. In a cruel irony, having suffered food shortages as a result of two years of flooding, the country now faces drought following 60 days without rain. Reservoirs are reported as empty and crops devastated. The grain harvest is believed to be particularly badly affected. Amongst Ms. O' Carroll's and Mary Healy's objectives in North Korea will be to visit some of the worst affected areas, assess how the drought is affecting the population and examine the need for further aid. In June, Trócaire set up an appeal to raise money to alleviate the suffering in North Korea. Initially hoping to raise =A3500,000 the appeal succeeded in doubling the figure. Mr. Kilcullen said that "The appeal has greatly surpassed our expectations and I would like to sincerely thank all of those who contributed. However, reports indicate that tragically the situation is getting worse and I would appeal for people to keep contributing."
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