March 21, 2023

UN food program unable to provide aid to hungry North Koreans since March 2021

World Food Program says DPRK’s pandemic measures remain ‘key challenge,’ as country appears to face food shortages

The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) has not distributed food aid to vulnerable women, children and patients in North Korea since March 2021, the agency said in a new report published Wednesday, as pandemic restrictions have prevented the organization from providing assistance to cover apparent food shortages.

The DPRK has limited almost all cross-border transportation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since Jan. 2020, and there have been no international aid workers on the ground there for almost a year, with WFP’s country director the last U.N. staff to leave Pyongyang.