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Malnutrition grips North Korea

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7088.1145e (Published 19 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1145
  1. Richard Tomlinson
  1. Beijing

    North Korea has for the first time admitted that children have been dying as a result of malnutrition in the Stalinist state. According to a Unicef spokesperson last week, North Korean health ministry officials said that 134 children had died and nearly one child in seven was suffering from the country's severe food shortages.

    The food shortage in North Korea has become so severe that official food rations have dropped to about 100g of rice …

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