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18 Aug 2011 description

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.

28 Jun 2011 description
report 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.

23 Jun 2011 description

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.

17 Jun 2011 description

[“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.]

01 Jun 2011 description

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.

14 May 2011 description

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).

04 May 2011 description

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:

30 Apr 2011 description
report 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.

30 Nov 2010 description

  • 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
26 Nov 2010 description

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, such as the RoK and Japan.

25 Nov 2010 description
report 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.

16 Nov 2010 description

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.

16 Nov 2010 description

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) of an estimated 867 000 tonnes.

13 Nov 2010 description
  • 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"
10 Nov 2010 description
  • 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."

03 Nov 2010 description

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.

01 Nov 2010 description

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.

19 Oct 2010 description

Yanghwari Farmers in Shinpo Survive on Grass Porridge

Farmers of Yanghwari Farm in Shinpo, South Hamgyong Province, are still living on grass porridge. The food that had been distributed to them last year has long since run out, and crops, including barley, potato, and corn, planted this year have been ruined due to frequent storms. The managers of the farm claim that they have no more food, because last year's ration was only enough to sustain farmers through September. The farmers say that not much was left after the army took their rice and pork to be used for army provisions.