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North Korean children at an orphanage in Haeju.
Managing Director Kim Hartzner, has returned from a disturbing trip to North Korea. Read his story here:    "I have just returned from a very dramatic trip to North Korea (July 2012). Even though this year, the supplies of rice from the last harvest have lasted up until June, several store rooms for rice are now empty, and the outlook for the coming months is dark, especially after a period of 2½ months without rain. Read more about the food security situation in North Korea here   I was in North Korea with a colleague in order to monitor the distribution...
Child from South Hwanghae in North Korea
The Danish relief and development organization Mission East is now distributing aid to thousands of children in nurseries, kindergartens and orphanages in North Korea. Mission East’s Managing Director, Kim Hartzner, emphasizes that the need is great. “Last time we went to North Korea we saw for ourselves how desperate the need is. Almost all the children we encountered were malnourished, and the situation has not improved. We are thankful once again to be able to distribute aid, but the need is still huge”, Kim Hartzner says, as he left for North Korea once again to oversee some of the...
Kendrah Jespersen counts bags of food aid in North Korea.
Kendrah Jespersen from Mission East left for North Korea to count and control the food distribution. In the midst of all the numbers and the lists she met the ones it is all about: Human beings. Kendrah Jespersen is an experienced aid worker who has lived in or visited 49 countries.  Read her story here:    "Sometimes it’s easy to forget the reasons behind the work we do.   The purpose of my visit to North Korea in December 2011 was to monitor our distribution of food to kindergartens, nurseries, orphanages and a paediatric hospital for young children living in one of the provinces that has...
More than 27.000 children have now received food from Mission East.    One of the children, who has received food aid, is 2-year old Koh, who lives in an orphanage in Wanson City in the province of Kangwon in North Korea. In this province Mission East has distributed food aid since the end of November 2011. Koh was brought to the orphanage in September 2010 after his mother died. He is malnourished and like thousands of other children in North Korea he needs food aid.   Like 403 other small children in the orphanage Koh has received maize and the nutrition product TopNutri from Mission East...
Malnourished North Korean boy
Managing Director of Danish Mission East, Kim Hartzner, has seen the great need for help in North Korea. Thousands of children are malnourished and desperately need food aid. In December 2011, Managing Director Kim Hartzner spent 12 days in North Korea visiting several institutions where Mission East provided food aid. During the visit, Mission East spoke with teachers and health workers, met the children who are benefiting from the food, and closely monitored the details of the food distribution.   Mission East distributed almost 200 tons of food aid to nurseries, kindergartens, orphanages...
On the 19th of December 2011, Kim Hartzner was interviewed for the 9 o’clock news on Danish national TV regarding the humanitarian situation in North Korea.   The interview is toward the end of the coverage on North Korea.  You can see the interview by clicking here   There is an enormous need for an emergency relief effort. Mission East hope to get the Danish government's support to assist 100,000 hungry North Koreans at this time, and that many individuals in Denmark will support Mission East's work so even more hungry North Koreans can be assisted.  
Back of maize to North Korea from Mission East
Mission East is preparing for its next emergency food distribution in North Korea.   Mission East will be distributing maize and a food supplement mixture of essential vitamins, minerals and proteins to over 11,000 young children at 42 kindergartens and 56 nurseries in Munchon City, in the particularly food insecure Kangwon Province, as well as to the provincial paediatric hospital and provincial orphanage.   The maize arrived in North Korea at the end of October, and is being transported to this Southeastern province for distributions beginning in mid-November.   Mission East is the only...
A North Korean boy suffering from malnutrition
After a harsh winter and floods which have devastated several harvests, the people of North Korea are struggling to feed themselves. For a country that is mostly barren and mountainous, any decline in food production can be devastating.   Mission East is presently working to provide additional relief aid to North Korea. In May and June 2011 Mission East's Managing Director Kim Hartzner, Mission East-ambassador Mikael Jarnvig and Operations Director Peter Drummond Smith went to North Korea with 52.5 tons of food aid for distribution. They witnessed how malnourished the children are. The UN’s...

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