UN: High levels of stunted growth among North Korean children

The United Nations food agency has found "moderate to high levels" of stunted growth among children under the age of 5 in nurseries in North Korea assisted by the organization, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

The assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) comes after the UN released 8 million dollars from its central emergency fund last week to provide assistance to more than 2.2 million North Koreans facing hunger due to low crop yields during the past two years.

"This assessment confirms that many households in areas where WFP operates do not have enough diversity in their diet," said Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

WFP said its operations in North Korea are only 48-per-cent funded, which has forced the agency to scale back the geographic scope of its assistance in the country.

Last update: Thu, 11/02/2016 - 20:46
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