May 24, 2024

North Korea through famine survivors’ eyes

Expert calls 1990s a period of surprising change for citizen-state relations

“Starvation” is one of the words most frequently associated with North Korea after the country’s tragic 1990s famine.

The famine led to a growing influx of North Korean citizens leaving for South Korea and other countries, thus providing researchers with a direct source for economic analysis of the early 1990s, when a million people (some say more) are estimated to have starved.

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