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23 Oct 2008 description

States must work towards food security of a more sustained nature in the development perspective, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, said at Headquarters today.

"Food aid alone is never adequate -- it's patchwork," he said at a press conference, where he highlighted that point in the context of the severe situation facing the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

03 Apr 2008 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programmes summary: The East Asia regional office has supported country delegations and national societies in the management of their programmes, coordination and cooperation amongst partners, the incorporation of humanitarian values, and capacity building at all levels.

Through funding from the appeals, the national societies of the East Asia region have been able to strengthen their current programmes in disaster management and health and care, and have thereby been …

18 Jun 2007 description

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(Regular Briefing by Minister)

Minister of Unification Lee Jae-joung gave a regular briefing on June 14 and explained several issues including the assessment of the inter-Korean relations and future plan, the significance of the Grand National Unification Festival, and giving food aid to the North through WFP, etc.

The Assessment of the Inter-Korean Relations and Future Plan

Minister Lee Jae-joung said 19 times of inter-Korean talks were held during the first half of this year and after the 21st Inter-Korean Ministerial Talks, several talks were held including …

16 May 2007 description

This report covers the period of 1 January to 31 December 2006 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary:

The East Asia regional delegation has supported country delegations and national societies in …

16 Jan 2007 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with Han Wan-Sang, head of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, that transfers to the aid organization some projects related to North Korea, including separated-family meetings and fertilizer shipments.

Under the agreement, the Ministry will hand over to the Korean Red Cross responsibility for arranging the meetings of separated families, providing financial support for the exchange of separated families, humanitarian supplies such as fertilizer, flood relief and the return to North Korea bodies which …

26 Oct 2006 description


Scores of thousands of North Koreans have been risking their lives to escape their country's hardships in search of a better life, contributing to a humanitarian challenge that is playing out almost invisibly as the world focuses on North Korea's nuclear program. Only a little over 9,000 have made it to safety, mostly in South Korea but also in Japan, Europe and the U.S. Many more live in hiding from crackdowns and forcible repatriations by China and neighbouring countries, vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

10 Oct 2006 description

Hesitant to Request UN Humanitarian Assistance Due to the US Sanction

The North Korean government speculates it would be difficult to assist just on the national level since the damages are grave and extensive. It seems there is no way but to seek humanitarian assistance from China or the United Nations (UN).

10 Oct 2006 description

For the vulnerable people of North Korea, Kim Jong Il's decision to test a nuclear device came at the worst possible time. In a country chronically subject to food deficits, people were already coping with the consequences of the government's October 2005 decision to ban the private buying and selling of grain, its limits on the scale of the UN World Food Program's distribution of assistance to needy citizens, and floods caused by torrential rains in mid-July, which destroyed 90,000 tons of grain.

27 Sep 2006 description

Flood Affected Homeless Moved to Temporary Mines

Cold chills came about as soon as the summer was over. Since many houses were destroyed in Shinyang, Yangduk, Yoduk, Gumgang counties have moved flood affected homeless people from their tent housing to mines temporarily, since the weather was getting cold and the reconstruction of housings for the homeless families are far-off from completion. Some were allocated to schools, kindergartens and factories. For those who could not place themselves in more secure shelters, they would find shelters in caves or in tents.

21 Sep 2006 description

Takes 40minutes to Drink Water in Yangduk

Yangduk is the most affected area by the flood and had the highest toll of human casualty. They are living in tents for their temporary housing. An affected person who used to live in the town of Yangduk says the flood affected people are mobilised to work on the relief goods came from all over North Korea are keeping them busy. Although his family is ill, since he does not have time to come home and look after the family and only has time to draw some drinking water for the ill family.

20 Sep 2006 description

Pyongyang, September 20 (KCNA) -- The government of China provided the DPRK with aid materials including food and diesel fuel in connection with flood damage.

18 Sep 2006 description

Encouraging Give for the Flood Appeal

The North Korean government called for an Extra Session of the General Assembly of the Party and discussed on the Flood Appeal. In the meeting, a brief presentation on the flood was provided with thousands of people have lost lives in the Yangduk as well as the damages i n other areas. Also, the briefing included that homeless people were over 1 million people and made an appeal for the officials to donate for the flood affected people.

31 Aug 2006 description

The South Korean government has shipped its first batch of flood relief to North Korea via the Red Cross, the Ministry of Unification said on Wednesday (Aug. 30).

The shipment included rice, the supply of which had been halted since the North test fired missiles on July 5. The government has made it clear that the humanitarian aid is unrelated to the government's halted annual aid shipments to the communist state.

31 Aug 2006 description

Town of Yangduk, Nothing but Mud

In the Yangduk County, South Pyongan Province, 18units of the five storied apartments and 3000houses were utterly collapsed by the flood and left 9,000 people to be displaced from their homes that means dead are more than those who have survived the disaster. The displaced people are housed in tents with plastic covering, schools or camping out in small huts and live on relief goods that has been provided by nation-wide. Other districts away from the centre of the town are in the same situation.

Railways in Yangduk district had great damages.

31 Aug 2006 description

Kkotjebis in South Hamgyung Province are crowding to Danchun

As the effects of the flood damages worsens, it is more difficult for Kkotjebis to live since railway lines are still unrepaired, many of them are crowding in the city of Danchun. They used to used to reside around in the rural town and live on vegetables such as cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes in the field, but after the flood, they could no longer eat as they used to due to damages that the flood caused, thus, coming out to cities.

31 Aug 2006 description



On 27 May, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on Richter scale struck Yogyakarta Province. The epicentre was approximately 37.2 km south of Yogyakarta at a depth of 33 kilometres. The most affected districts were Bantul and Kulonprogo south of Yogyakarta. The death toll stands at 5,778. The number of injuries stands at 37,912. 205,888 homes have been completely destroyed.

30 Aug 2006 description

China will provide humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) including grain, food, diesel oil and medicine for disaster relief, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang in Beijing on Wednesday.

Qin said the Chinese government is very concerned about the flood in the DPRK.

30 Aug 2006 description

Beijing_(dpa) _ China has offered to provide humanitarian aid, including food, fuel and medicine, to flood-hit areas of North Korea, the foreign ministry said Wednesday amid rumours that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il might have travelled to China.

"The Chinese government is very concerned about the disaster in North Korea and has decided to provide North Korea with grain, food, diesel oil and medicine as humanitarian aid," spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

The ministry said Qin was responding to journalists' questions and …

30 Aug 2006 description

SEOUL, Aug 30 (Reuters) - South Korea sent a first shipment of food and other supplies to reclusive North Korea on Wednesday to help it cope with the aftermath of heavy July flooding.

China, meanwhile, voiced deep concern at the situation facing its impoverished communist neighbour following the floods and pledged urgent humanitarian assistance.

Three storms struck North Korea last month, washing away crops and raising the threat of famine.