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16 May 2008 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have reached an understanding on the parameters of a program for the resumption of U.S. food assistance for the North Korean people. International organizations and experts have expressed concern about a severe food shortage in North Korea, and the DPRK has explained to the United States that it faces a major shortfall in food supplies. In response, the United States has pledged significant assistance.

16 Aug 2007 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Acting Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development Henrietta Fore today authorized $100,000 in United States government humanitarian aid to help respond to the severe destructive impact of recent floods in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). Two U.S. non-governmental organizations, Mercy Corps and Samaritan's Purse, will each receive $50,000 to provide blankets, shelter materials, water containers and other supplies to those in need.

09 Nov 2005 description

Washington, DC - Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), issued the following statement today:

"Although the United States remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in North Korea, USAID will be obliged to suspend procurement and delivery of the balance of its food aid commitment to the country for calendar year 2005 if the United Nations World Food Program is forced to end its distribution activities as announced or further curtail its monitoring capacity.

15 Apr 2005 description


I. Introduction and Background
Section 201 of the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-333) requires the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in conjunction with the Secretary of State, to submit a report to Congress that describes, for the previous year, all activities to provide humanitarian assistance to North Koreans; any improvements in humanitarian transparency, monitoring, and access inside North Korea; and specific efforts to secure improved humanitarian transparency, monitoring, and access inside North Korea.

27 Apr 2004 description

A massive explosion at a DPRK train station on April 22 killed over 150 people, injured 1,300 others, and damaged 1,850 homes. In response to the disaster, on April 26, the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $100,000 through the American Red Cross in support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Emergency Appeal for the victims of the train explosion in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

05 Jun 2003 description

Chairman Brownback, Members of the committee: It is an honor to be here today to discuss "Life Inside North Korea." As you may know, during the North Korean famine I have researched the living conditions of the average North Korean for many years with a particular focus on their food security. I have traveled inside the country, visited the border areas in China, and interviewed North Korean refugees in a number of countries.

My testimony will be based on five propositions about the nature of the North Korean regime and the way in which it controls North Korean society.

07 Jun 2002 description

Washington, DC -- The U.S. Agency for International Development announces an additional contribution of 100,000 metric tons of food aid from the United States to North Korea. This contribution follows a review of U.S. Government humanitarian food aid activities in North Korea and a decision by the United States to set a baseline for food contributions to North Korea at 155,000 metric tons this calendar year. With the new contribution of 100,000 metric tons, we will have fulfilled our baseline donation.

Funding for the 100,000 metric tons will come from the U.S.

28 Jul 1998 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)

02 Dec 1997 description

DPRK Situation Report

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)
2 Dec. 1997

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

17 Nov 1997 description

TEXT: USAID 11/17 STATEMENT ON USG TEAM'S VISIT TO NORTH KOREA

(Evidence found humanitarian assistance made a difference) (370)

A U.S. Government team's visit to North Korea found significant evidence that humanitarian assistance has made a difference, according to a statement released by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on November 17.

Following is the text of the release:

(begin text)

STATEMENT BY LEONARD ROGERS, ACTING ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR

14 Oct 1997 description

(Grant to give health care to N. Korean children, mothers) (590)

Washington -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide a $5 million International Disaster Assistance grant to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for an integrated health care program for children and mothers in North Korea, according to an October 14 press release.

"There is a critical health care crisis in North Korea affecting children and other vulnerable populations," USAID Administrator J. Brian Atwood said.

19 Sep 1997 description

("Meaningful reform" must take place within North Korea) (2380)

Washington -- There are no linkages between humanitarian aid to North Korea and political progress at the Four Party talks, according to Brian Atwood, administrator of the U.S.

26 Aug 1996 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)

13 Jun 1996 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
NEWS RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC 20523

06 Jun 1996 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

By Sue Lautze

NOTE: Sue Lautze is an independent contractor hired by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Ms. Lautze traveled to North Korea to conduct an independent assessment of the dispersement of humanitarian food aid, funded in part by the USG in response to the U.N. World Food Program appeal for food assistance to North Korea, after severe floods severely damaged several important agricultural areas in the DPRK in 1995. Ms.

02 Feb 1996 description

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced that it will provide $2 million to the U.N. World Food Programme's (WFP) emergency appeal for the growing food crisis in North Korea caused by severe floods.

According to a recent WFP and U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization assessment of the region, humanitarian food aid is urgently needed to support the basic nutrition levels of more than 500,000 North Koreans, whose farms have been destroyed by the floods.