The famine that North Korea faced in the 1990s was truly terrifying: new bodies of the dead appeared on the streets every day, and despair drove some to cannibalism. About this was told by Jihyun Park, a refugee from North Korea and a human rights activist.
Park recalls that the problems with food began in the early 1990s, and soon the card system collapsed in the country, on which the majority of residents depended. Her uncle also died of starvation. “When I saw his body, he didn’t look like a human. Only bones covered with skin, ” the woman said.
To survive, the family had to sell all their property. They ate everything in a row: roots, seeds, edible grass, mussels caught in the sea, and even captured rats. It happened that a woman ate something, and after a few days, she drank only water. “People lost their minds from hunger, killed and ate other people. They even ate children. What kind of hunger must there have been for people to go to such a thing?” she exclaimed.
In mid-June, the leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-Un, is speaking at the plenum of the Central Committee of the Workers ‘ Party of Korea announced a possible threat of famine in the country. According to him, the tense situation with food has developed due to the typhoon in 2020. Earlier, he had already called on the party and the people of the country to be ready for a new “Difficult Campaign.” This is how the country calls the period of economic crisis and the terrible famine of the 1990s.