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Children at orphanage in North Korea. They suffer from cronic malnutrition.
Despite the harsh words of the past months, everything seems to be ‘business as usual’. This is the feeling when you are inside North Korea, according to Kim Hartzner, Managing Director of the Danish NGO Mission East.   He just returned from the country after visiting orphanages and victims of last year’s flooding.  - The dialogue with the local authorities is open and transparent. They seem sincerely interested in improving people’s lives and are sad when people live in poverty or lose their homes, says Kim Hartzner who returned from North Korea the 13th of July 2013. - When you meet people...
Some of the most vulnerable children in North Korea are children at orphanages. The majority does not get enough food and suffers from chronic malnutrition. Many are in danger of dying if they do not get help. See more pictures from the orphanages and read more here and here   Mission East is helping Mission East is right now helping these children by distributing food, clothes and educational materials.   See the children in North Korea get help   As the only Danish NGO who has access to these children in North Korea, Mission East has a unique chance to make a...
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...
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...
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...
The north korean land is cultivated by hand and with oxen.
How did it happen that about one million people died of starvation in North Korea in the nineties? Can we prevent such a disaster from happening again soon?   The nineties were a dark period in North Korean history. The collapse of the Soviet Union and several natural disasters played a role in the famine that killed about one million people.   Since the birth of the republic, North Korea has tried to be self-sufficient. During the Soviet period, however, the agricultural sector was highly dependent on materials and cheap oil from the Soviet Union. This close financial relationship therefore ...

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