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26 Jul 1997 description

BY RUSSELL SKELTON, Herald Correspondent in Tokyo

Hwang Yun Young stands in the half light of a fading summer sun, her delicate frame revealing the ravages of North
Korea's "silent" famine and the lingering international disbelief about its severity.

The child is tiny for her three years, her frail body is dotted with sores - the telltale signs of malnutrition. According to
the charity, World Vision, she has scabies and almost certainly rickets - the symptoms of starvation. All the children