BBC secret interview with three North Koreans “Neighbors starved to death due to lack of food”

The BBC reported that North Koreans interviewed secretly testified that their neighbors starved to death due to a lack of food.

The BBC said on the 14th (local time) that it interviewed three ordinary people living in villages near the border between Pyongyang and China with the support of Daily NK , a media specializing in North Korea.

They said they were afraid that they would starve to death or be executed for violating the law after the border closure between North Korea and China.

Experts said the content of the interviews suggested that the situation in North Korea was at its worst since the ‘Arduous March’ of the 1990s, the BBC reported.

According to the BBC , a woman named Ji-yeon (all names have been changed) from Pyongyang said she knew three members of her family died of starvation in her home. Authorities went inside and found them dead, he said.

He said he had heard of people ending their lives at home because they couldn’t live, or going into the mountains to die.

Chan Ho, a construction worker living near the Chinese border, said five people in his village starved to death because food supplies were so low.

“At first, I was afraid that I would die of Corona 19, but then I started to worry that I would die of starvation,” he said.

Myeong-sook, a merchant who sells contraband Chinese goods,메이저사이트 said three-quarters of the products sold at the marketplace used to come from China, but they are now empty and most of the imports have disappeared.

He said his family had never had so little food, he was struggling to feed his kids, and one time he thought he was going to die in his sleep because he hadn’t eaten for two days.

Hungry people are knocking on the door, he added.

North Korean economist Peter Ward said, “It’s very worrisome that our average middle-class neighbors are starving to death. It’s not yet total social collapse or massive starvation, but it doesn’t look good.” Hannah Song of NKDB

, which documents human rights violations in North Korea, also said, “I have hardly heard of cases of starvation in the past 10 to 15 years. It reminds me of the most difficult period in North Korean history.” According to South Korean government announcements, before the COVID-19 crisis, more than 1,000 people a day crossed the Yalu River to escape to China, but Ms. Myeong-sook said that was now impossible. “No one crosses the river now, as anyone who gets too close to it will be severely punished,” he said. Ms. Chanho said her friend’s son had recently witnessed several private executions, and in each case, three or four people were caught trying to escape and executed. “Every day it gets harder to live. One wrong move and you’re punished,” he said. “We’re stuck here waiting to die.” The BBC pointed out that Chairman Kim Jong-un has also hinted at the seriousness of the situation by publicly mentioning the food crisis, but he is still prioritizing nuclear weapons development. North Korea said it conducted a test launch of 63 ballistic missiles last year, and the cost was estimated at over 500 million dollars (approximately 637.5 billion won).

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