January 27, 2022

UN says North Korea faces ‘acute food insecurity’ but excludes it from aid plans

COVID restrictions continue to hamper humanitarian assistance, as North Korea dropped from key report for second year

The U.N. has dropped North Korea from a key humanitarian response plan for the second straight year, as the country’s severe COVID-19 restrictions continue to hamper international efforts to provide much-needed food aid and other assistance.

In the latest Global Humanitarian Overview report published Thursday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) states that, “Afghanistan, DPR Korea and Myanmar are facing acute food insecurity situations, which are likely to deteriorate further by the year’s end.”