Two children were reportedly murdered and eaten by their father as famine-entrenched citizens of rural North Korea resorted to cannibalism.
According to reports coming out of the isolated country from Japan-based Asia Press in Osaka, the famine has reached such desperate levels that in more than one instance North Korean citizens are consuming human flesh.
An estimated 10,000 North Korean citizens have died as a result of the lack of food in the "hidden famine," as activists refer to the food shortage. Food shortages have spread across the Northern and Southern Hwangae regions, as drought ravages the rural provinces south of Pyongyang, the country's capital.
One report says the father was summarily executed, according to Scotman.com
"In my village in May, a man who killed his own two children and tried to eat them was executed by a firing squad," an Asia Press embedded citizen journalist said. "While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: 'We have meat.'"
"But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children's bodies under the eaves," the journalist said.
Asia Press reported that one man exhumed his own grandchild, boiled the corpse, and ate the body. A North Korean official even confirmed to a citizen journalist at least one instance of cannibalism.
"In a village in Chongdang County," a mid-ranking Korean Workers Party official told one journalist, "a man who went mad with hunger boiled his own child, ate his flesh and was arrested."
The reports are considered credible.
The pariah nation faces increasingly tough sanctions in the international community as military programs move forward on ballistic missile tests that, in some cases, are aimed deliberately at the United States.
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