October 17, 2019

Topic : North Korean famine Type: Topic

The North Korean famine, which together with the accompanying general economic crisis are known as the Arduous March in North Korea, occurred in North Korea from 1994 to 1998. The famine stemmed from a variety of factors. Economic mismanagement and the loss of Soviet support caused food production and imports to decline rapidly. A series of floods and droughts exacerbated the crisis, but were not its direct cause. The North Korean government and its centrally-planned system proved too inflexible to effectively curtail the disaster. Estimates of the death toll vary widely. Out of a total population of approximately 22 million, somewhere between 240,000 and 3,500,000 North Koreans died from starvation or hunger-related illnesses, with the deaths peaking in 1997. Recent research suggests the likely range of excess deaths between 1993 and 2000 was between 500,000 and 600,000.

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