Famine in North Korea

Famine in North Korea

Markets, Aid, and Reform

Unknown - 2007
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Beginning sometime in the early 1990s and extending into 1998, North Korea experienced famine. We estimate that the great North Korean famine killed between six hundred thousand and one million people, between 3 and 5 percent of the entire population of the country. Such events are national traumas that live in the collective memory for generations. Famines produce countless personal tragedies: watching loved ones waste away from hunger and disease; making fateful choices about the distribution of scarce food; migrating to escape the famine's reach; and, all too often, facing the stark reality that these coping strategies are futile. A full understanding of such disasters can only be communicated through their human face: the individual experience of the suffering and humiliation that extreme deprivation brings to its victims. Through refugee accounts, this human face of the North Korean famine is slowly becoming available to us and speaks far more eloquently than we can here.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (xxii, 309 pages) : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Noland, Marcus 1959-


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