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North Korea Food Shortage—Country Calls for Urgent Help

A food shortage of 1.4 million tons in North Korea has forced the country to cut in half already inadequate food rations for 25.6 million citizens. The country reported that since January, rations of 550 grams have been cut to 300 grams (10.5 ounces) per person a day. 

The two-page memo released to the United Nations came only days before President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un met in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the second U.S.-North Korea Summit in less than a year. 
Your faithful prayers and gifts are enabling Open Doors underground workers to keep 60,000 secret believers alive in North Korea by smuggling in food and other aid. And with the impending food shortage, your support is critical! 

North Korea food shortage of 1.4 million tons brings calls for urgent help

Helping in brutal famines

Previous food shortages in North Korea have plagued the country, including the devastating famine that struck North Korea in the 1990s. Recently, Open Doors had to make some difficult choices on a budget for North Korea. We proposed to North Korean church leaders a slight reduction on food spending. They sent us a dramatic message: 

“Please, make any choice you need to make. You can stop with any other activity, but please, do not reduce the amount of food you send us. You don’t know what it is like to go hungry.” 

The church leaders told us that without food and other urgent aid, the North Korean church isn’t able to function. Trusting God, Open Doors made the decision not to decrease the amount, but, rather, to increase it. 

North Korea Food Shortage—Country Calls for Urgent Help

You can help suffering Christians in North Korea and around the world—where faith costs the most.

You can help suffering Christians in North Korea and around the world—where faith costs the most.


Half the population in need

According to the memo, last year North Korea’s food production of many crops has fallen by more than 10 percent since 2017. Blaming high temperatures, drought, floods and UN sanctions for the North Korea food shortage, the country that has been No. 1 on Open Doors' World Watch List for 18 consecutive years made an urgent plea for help. 

The United Nations estimates that a total of 10.3 million people—almost half the population—are in humanitarian need; and some 41 percent of North Koreans are undernourished.
The Red Cross also released a new report focusing on the North Korea food shortage, citing findings that in 2018, the country’s food production was at a 10-year low. The report raises fears that North Korea’s most vulnerable may be at risk for malnutrition and other health problems. 

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‘Whatever You Do, Please, Don’t Stop Bringing Us Food’
–Secret Believer from North Korea

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Taking care of our brothers’ and sisters’ needs in places like North Korea—and in other places around the world—in emergency situations is made possible because of faithful partners who give to help believers wherever help is most needed. Monthly support through the Frontline Partner program means Christians will have their needs met—whether it’s famine in North Korea, trauma counseling in Nigeria or vital supplies elsewhere.

When you become a Frontline Partner, it means you are providing urgent and practical help to Christians in places like India or Syria. It means you are helping establish long-term communities in Iraq and sustaining aid to bring Bibles to the places in Central Asia where they’re most needed. It means, simply, you are part of God’s story of hope—wherever God’s people are hurting, Frontline Partners are there.