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21 Dec 2018 description

Beijing/Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 21 December 2018 – Despite a recent diplomatic thawing, the humanitarian situation in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains one of the world’s most chronic and forgotten crises, with UN sanctions having unintended consequences for already vulnerable people.

19 Dec 2018 description

By Maude Froberg

It is harvest time in the village of Onjong-ri. The air is bitterly cool, and the stubble fields are frozen. The first snow has already fallen in this north-western part of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Sin Yong Gum bends down and grabs a pair of dripping wet cabbages from a bowl of water. Then she quickly presses them down into a tall vessel of clay. She fills her right hand with salt and sprinkles it over the cabbage. Next to her stands her sister Sin Yong Bok who presses cabbage and salt in the same way.

18 Dec 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

A once populous North Korean migrant community in Vladivostok, Russia now faces an uncertain future as Russia makes efforts to comply with U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

The sanctions, aimed at depriving Pyongyang of cash to fund its prohibited nuclear weapons and missile programs, call for a freeze on new working visas for North Koreans and the complete repatriation of North Koreans currently working abroad by the end of 2019.

With the deadline only one year away, Russia has begun to deport North Korean workers, sources say.

02 Dec 2018 description

This study sheds light on the hidden reality that is forced labour and other forms of modern slavery inside the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea. As it is not possible to directly survey or otherwise perform data collection within North Korea, the research finding are based on interviews with 50 defectors from North Korea who are living in South Korea.

Read the full report on the Walk Free Foundation..

21 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

1,083 mt of food distributed

US$ .98 m 2018 net funding requirements

475,760 people assisted in October 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP distributed 1,083 mt of fortified food to 475,760 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under-five in nine provinces.

25 Oct 2018 description


10.3 million people are undernourished

6.2 million people were affected by natural disasters in 2004-2016

EU humanitarian funding: €135.7 million since 1995


16 Oct 2018 description

Seoul, 16 October 2018 – In response to large-scale flooding and landslides that hit southwestern parts of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the European Union is providing EUR 100 000 (KRW 131,000,000) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities. This aid will benefit a total of 24 000 people in some of the worst-hit areas of North and South Hwanghae provinces.

09 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Critical food programmes in North Korea can’t wait for ‘diplomatic progress’, UN food agency warns

According to Herve Verhoosel, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN agency is staring at a massive 73 per cent shortfall in funding for 2018, hurting critical programmes such as nutritional support for children.

“We must not wait for diplomatic progress to alleviate the suffering of millions of people - funds are urgently needed now,” said Mr. Verhoosel.

20 Sep 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

1,060 mt of food distributed

US$ 11.93 m six months (Sep 2018– Feb 2019) net funding requirements

457,760 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP distributed 1,060 mt of fortified food to 457, 760 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under-five in nine provinces.

10 Sep 2018 description


As of 5 September, 11 people in four prefectures in Kansai (Osaka, Shiga, Aichi, Mie) are known to have died and approximately 470 people in 28 prefectures were injured after Typhoon Jebi struck Japan on 4 September. Over 1,700 houses/buildings are confirmed to have been partially or entirely destroyed in 24 prefectures, most of which are in Kansai region. The Typhoon resulted in more than 8,000 people being temporarily displaced, and left 310,000 households without power.

07 Sep 2018 description

Description of the disaster

Tropical Storm Soulik was formed off the coast of Guam on 16 August 2018 as a small storm and gradually grew to a medium-sized typhoon. As of 23 August 2018, 6 a.m. local time, Typhoon Soulik has begun arcing towards the Korean Peninsula. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, Soulik struck the southern island of Jeju in South Korea in the early morning on 23 August 2018, causing heavy rain and gale force winds.

07 Sep 2018 description


On 29 and 30 August, persistent heavy rains over a 48-hour period caused flash floods in North and South Hwanghae Provinces, in the south-west of DPR Korea. According to Government data, nearly 10,700 people have been displaced from their homes. At least 76 people are known to have died and many hundreds more are injured or missing. Numbers are expected to rise as further assessments are conducted.

07 Sep 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the commitment made by Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 5 September to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

06 Sep 2018 description

Beijing/Kuala Lumpur / Geneva 06 September 2018 – Red Cross volunteers in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are searching for survivors in the aftermath of severe flooding that has killed 76 people in North and South Hwanghae provinces. More than 75 people are still missing, many of them children.

05 Sep 2018 description


• Below-average rains, coupled with high temperatures from mid-July until mid-August, a critical period for crops, affected 8 percent of the average area cultivated in the main season.

The main agricultural season starts in April, with the arrival of the spring rains, and the harvest normally takes place between September and October (see Figure 1).

05 Sep 2018 description
  • Severe floods have been affecting North and South Hwanghae provinces since 30 August. In both provinces there were reportedly 200 deaths and over 9 000 displaced. Houses, infrastructure and crops have also been destroyed. Kangwon province is allegedly badly affected, but limited information is available (10 000 houses damaged and 35 000 displaced according to the Red Cross Society).
03 Sep 2018 description


On 24 August, Tropical Storm Soulik caused extremely heavy rainfall, resulting in heavy flooding in Kangwon and South Hamgyong provinces. Munchon city was worst affected with 10 reported deaths, 60 persons missing and ongoing search and rescue activities. Over 58,000 people were reportedly displaced from both Munchon city and Kowon city. Many schools and health facilities were destroyed or damaged. The water supply system of Munchon city was destroyed leaving tens of thousands of people without access to safe drinking water.