UN calls for US$98 million in emergency aid for NK
AFPUNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations is in urgent need of US$98 million to finance emergency aid for the people of North Korea, the U.N. coordinator for the impoverished country said Thursday.
August 17, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Of the US$150 million required to maintain food, health and sanitation programs by five U.N. agencies in the country for 2013, US$98 million is still needed, the world body said.
“External assistance continues to play a vital role in safeguarding the lives of millions,” U.N. resident coordinator Ghulam Isaczai said in a statement.
North Korea faces chronic food shortages and suffered from famine in the mid-1990s that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
“Without sustained humanitarian support, the gains made in the past 10 years in improving food security and the overall health and nutrition of the most vulnerable” could be reversed, Isaczai said.