April 23, 2021

EU grants almost $590,000 to help North Koreans cope with climate disasters

Aid worker says projects by FAO and Concern Worldwide unlikely to go ahead while DPRK borders are closed

Weeks after the last foreign humanitarian workers left North Korea, the European Union allocated €500,000 ($585,625) in aid to help the DPRK better cope with climate disasters. The money will be evenly split between projects run by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Irish humanitarian aid agency Concern Worldwide, according to a statement by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea dated March 29.

The funds are intended to “strengthen people’s resilience to better cope in the event of natural disasters in the DPRK,” the press release stated. “The aid will benefit more than 100,000 people in the disaster-prone provinces of Kangwon, North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae, North Pyongan and South Pyongan.”