Following the closure of its border with China in January 2020, N. Korea was on an economical downward spiral, finally reaching its bottom in the past few days as officials, who chose to remain unnamed, claim that the food shortage will last until 2025.
According to RFA, the citizens were told to „tighten their belts” and „eat less food” as this terrifying crisis approaches.
Sadly, many North Korean citizens say that a dark time is ahead of them, as most will have trouble making it through this year’s winter, let alone through 3 more.
The situation eerily reminisces the famine that struck the country during Kim Jong Il’s rule in the ’90s which ended the lives of nearly 3.5 million Koreans.
The soon-to-come hunger is mainly caused by the closure of the border among other things, as Korea depends on imported produce and aids, heavily impacting the prices of everyday necessities, causing them to skyrocket.
A resident of Sinuiju city, who also wished to remain unnamed, stated that the chances of the border re-opening before 2025 were very slim as Jong Un was set on keeping the country a covid-free zone.
Who will take the blame for the famine?
Despite the nation-wide suffering about to ensue, Kim is adamant about pushing the idea of North Korea being self-sustainable as a country.
He instructed the public to use the farmlands to grow their crops to provide food for their families, an achievementthat is easier said than done as Korea is a mountainous country without a lot of fertile lands to go around.
The UN estimated that in order to circumvent the oncoming food crisis, Korea would need 860,000 tons of food for this winter alone, which brought the people’s morale even further down, as they learned the full scope of their misery.
So far the government has blamed cataclysmic events, sanctions, and the pandemic itself for the food shortages, despite being a remote country of its own choosing.
Only last year, floods damaged and ruined thousands of acres of land, and subsequently, forced more than 5000 people out of their homes.
Kim admitted the seriousness of the situation but reassured that the country will prosper through these times, urging his people to ration their food wisely.
Data shows that currently, 2 in 5 Koreans are malnourished while 1 in every 3 children has had its growth stunted due to previous food shortages.
These numbers are expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.
Maybe Kim could use this advice to help the US as well, as with the number of homeless persons increasing each year, he could simply advise them to get homes, solving the issue in a matter of seconds.