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Mrs Kim Kyong Ok in front of her temporary shelter in Musan County where she is living with her daughter and son-in-law. In her village, 200 families lost their homes, 14 people died, and many more are missing.
Heavy floods in North Hamyong province have made thousands of people homeless. Mission East is one of the few international aid organisations in the area and provides clean drinking water and hygiene training so that the local population is not infected by dirty river water. By Svend Løbner, freelance journalist Kim Kyong Ok is sitting at the entrance to the tent that she inhabits together with her daughter and son-in-law. She is surrounded by a few modest objects – some cooking gear, a bicycle and a pair of shoes. The middle-aged North Korean woman and her family did not manage to take all...
Kim Juyang Hui lives with her husband and their son in one of the houses that were built after the typhoon in 2012 with help from Mission East. Now the family has also clean water available.
When there is a half hour walk to fetch clean water, you often compromise with proper hygiene. Juyang Hui from North Korea had to walk half an hour twice a day to reach the nearest well and fetch water for her family. The 34-year-old woman lives with her husband and eight-year-old son in the village of Sony outside Kujang. Water is heavy and when it has to be carried a long way home, it is used carefully without being wasted. Shower is an expensive luxury, and pots and pans may not get the full cleaning after use. And when the water is stored in large buckets, bacteria from handwashing after...
It is with excitement that the children explore their new toys that they become acquainted with for the first time in their lives.
There is hope for the people of North Korea, Kim Hartzner learned when he visited the country in November. It was a life-affirming visit, where he on first hand saw the enormous progress that has been made since the Mission East began to work there in 2012. Weakened, apathetic children with stick-thin arms and legs on cold concrete floors was the sight that met Kim Hartzner, when he visited the orphanage in Haeju in 2012. Chronic malnutrition made wounds in the children’s faces. The children’s lives was hanging in a thread, and it seemed impossible to make a difference in this misery. Today,...
Kim Hartzner, Mission East, with children in North Korea
Typhoons and floods have caused huge damage in North Korea. By the end of August 2012 Managing Director Kim Hartzner returned from the country that is already struggling to feed it's population.   Find the pictures and read his story here:   "I came home from an extremely dramatic trip to North Korea by the end of August 2012. After five consecutive natural disasters the North Korean population of 25 million have now been exposed to a sixth – two typhoons in the course of three weeks, and two more expected this week. After the first typhoon at the end of July more than 212,000 people were...
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...
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...
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.  
The Danish government has decided to send 63 million DKK to the Horn of Africa. Mission East fears that this will affect the North Korean people whose great needs will be given low priority and consequently forgotten. Terrible photos of malnourished people from the Horn of Africa fill the media these days, there is a great need for help. But the need is great in Asia, too, where two thirds of the world’s poor still live. “The big attention on Africa threatens to push the Asian people with their needs into oblivion. In North Korea approximately six million people face a threatening famine and...

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