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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6897 (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6897

North Korean children are malnourished and stunted: A third of children aged under 5 years in North Korea and nearly half (45%) of those in the north of the country are chronically malnourished, said Valerie Amos, head of humanitarian affairs at the United Nations, at the end of a five day visit. A large number of children are also stunted. Ms Amos urged donors to provide extra resources to meet the country’s annual gap in food requirements of one million tonnes.

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