ABC News obtains rare footage of North Korean children, soldiers starving

North Korea is currently in the throes of another major famine. This one apparently is so bad that not only are children begging for scraps on the street (as usual), but now even its normally well-fed army is starving. The video footage below was shot by an undercover North Korean journalist, who risked the death penalty by shooting it and releasing it to ABC News.

This is a stark reminder of how horribly the people of North Korea suffer under the regime of Kim Jong-Il. What an incredibly sad situation.

Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state.

The video is some of the most revealing footage ever smuggled out of the impoverished North Korean state.

Shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist, the harrowing footage shows images of filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for food and soldiers demanding bribes.

The footage also shows North Koreans labouring on a private railway track for the dictator’s son and heir near the capital Pyongyang.

Strolling up to the site supervisor, the man with the hidden camera asks what is going on.

“This rail line is a present from Kim Jong-il to comrade Kim Jong-un,” he is told.

The well-fed Kim Jong-un could soon be ruling over a nation of starving, impoverished serfs.

The video shows young children caked in filth begging in markets, pleading for scraps from compatriots who have nothing to give.

“I am eight,” says one boy. “My father died and my mother left me. I sleep outdoors.”

Many of the children are orphans; their parents victims of starvation or the gulag.

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  • Anonymous

    Very sad for the people, maybe one day they will be free. I hope so for their sake.
    It would take generations to undo the brainwashing.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know about that 2227. One trip into a Super WalMart might cause them to shed everything they ever thought about Communism and their dear leader.
      There’d be a lot of dislocated jaws as they collectively hit the floor at the sight of abundance.

      Another trip to a Mall and a middle class neighborhood would complete the job.
      Those things might still be here relatively unaffected when O’ gets the combined boot from the Free and the Brave.

      Dat’s us 🙂

      I wish I could feed a few of these human beings. They deserve so much better, simply by virtue of being people…and why can’t the left see that this is the last stop on the train they’d have us ride? Please remember these hurting people when you pray.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sad the children are starving, but even if NK receives aid, the children will still starve. The food would go to the military.

    More Evidence of Food Aid Diverted to North Korean Army
    March 21st, 2008

    The South Korean military captured North Korean authorities in flagrante delicto diverting rice intended for humanitarian purposes to the military, taking pictures near the Demilitarized Zone between 2006 and 2007 with a high-performance camera while monitoring the movements of the North Korean military.

    The photos were reported to the Unification Ministry and Cheong Wa Dae under the previous government, and to President Lee Myung-bak’s transition team last month. Since 2003, the South Korean military has caught North Korea diverting more than 400 sacks of rice over 10 occasions to soldiers in frontline units. [Chosun Ilbo]

    http://rokdrop.com/2008/03/21/more-evidence-of-food-aid-diverted-to-north-korean-army/

  • Anonymous

    So that’s what Marx was talking about when he defined a utopia. This is the exact picture of complete government tyranny. I would rather have millionaires and billionaires controlling the economy than a despotic government bent on solving all of my problems.

  • First it starts with socialism and then moves into communism. Should we continue down the path the Obutthead admin wants folks will see this in America.

  • Looks like North Korea won’t last too long. If you want the people to rebel the quickest way is to starve them.

    • Anonymous

      that is why the first thing the Marxists, Communists and Socialists do is confiscate people’s guns.

  • Hey people take another look at the children. Yes they are filthy but all 3 had a lightly stocky frame. Even the kid in the background looked a little chubby.

    • Anonymous

      “Individuals suffering from severe malnutrition or starvation often have swollen bellies because of a lack of protein. It is exacerbated in those who receive carbohydrates without sufficient proteins. Because of this lack, the blood is unable to hold water, and the water is absorbed by the body cells, most notably in the abdominal area. Thus, you see swollen bellies on those suffering from malnutrition; this is particularly pronounced in children because they have a smaller over-all height, and because their bodies require more protein than an adult, pound-for-pound.”
      http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061109000924AAsbXY3

    • Anonymous

      “Individuals suffering from severe malnutrition or starvation often have swollen bellies because of a lack of protein. It is exacerbated in those who receive carbohydrates without sufficient proteins. Because of this lack, the blood is unable to hold water, and the water is absorbed by the body cells, most notably in the abdominal area. Thus, you see swollen bellies on those suffering from malnutrition; this is particularly pronounced in children because they have a smaller over-all height, and because their bodies require more protein than an adult, pound-for-pound.”
      http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061109000924AAsbXY3

  • Godless

  • Anonymous

    Well, you know what? This might be the perfect time to invade and commence the Korean Unification, once and for all, bringing the Kim Family to face the noose. Fighter pilots, when in dogfights, can face some pretty significant Gs, and when you’re malnourished, that’s probably not going to go over very well. Our Navy, combined with USMC pilots and the South Koreans would BEAT THEM DOWN. The 39th SFD (Special Forces Detachment) is only 16 guys, and if the Norks were in GOOD shape, those 16 guys would run their whole COUNTRY ragged; being weak as a cold glass of watered-down monkey piss, they wouldn’t stand a chance. Throw in the 1st SFG and 75th Rangers parachuting under cover of darkness into Pyongyang to distract while Delta starts real time intel guided searches for Kooky Kim and the Boys, and the Norks have their nightmare scenario. Now’s the time to run in, over-run, and kill them. The entirety of their armed forces and government will have to be executed, and many citizens (unfortunately), because of the decades and generations of irreversible, racist brainwashing they’re given from the cradle to the grave. Under the guidance of the people of South Korea (though there would be no more South Korea, just Korea), the younger generation can pick up the ball, and make something out of themselves, restoring Korea to the great civilization it once was. Once combat operations are fully in hand, then the relief operations can commence at full force, shipping and air dropping food in by the kiloton, every day. Nobody in their right mind can look at that footage and not feel for those innocent kids. ‘My father died, and my mother LEFT me’?! Even if you have no love of God in you, at all, you can’t be unmoved by that (unless your last name is Kim, that is).

    • Anonymous

      I know a lot of people with last name Kim and they would be moved by what’s happening to the children. Kim is a very common name in S Korea too. I’ve been there 5 times and was married for 29 years to a woman from near Seoul.

  • Truly sad.

    No way to help contrary to what william said they food would most likely be repackaged and sold it would not even feed the soldiers in the film. Most likely sold is another country.

    By the way Kim is God according to his warped religion he forces on his slaves (people). He is 100% pure evil.

  • Kasandra

    My heart goes out to all these poor people in NK. This is what happens when a country is run by a dictator. They want to hold all the power so they make sure the general population is poor and dependent on them for everything.

    Just like the libs complain about rich conservatives, yet there’s no problem if they happen to be millionaires. Michael Moore is a perfect example of this. He’s fine telling others to spread their wealth, but I don’t see him helping anyone but himself. He certainly isn’t starving ~ why not donate some of those millions to feed hungry people wherever needed?

  • “I would rather have millionaires and billionaires controlling the economy than a despotic government bent on solving all of my problems.”…What kind of billionaires and millionaires? Kim Jung IL is also a billionaire.

    • Anonymous

      You don’t pay attention to politics much do you? Liberals always claim that millionaires and billionaires are ruining the country, not government. Of course Kim and other heads of states are millionaires and such. Don’t cherrypick me because your husband pissed you off this morning. Read between the lines and don’t be so quick to make me realize you may have attended the “special” classes in school.

  • Anonymous

    Foreign aid does nothing but prop up despotic governments. The intention of foreign aid is for the people, but this doesn’t happen. Giving foreign aid to socialist and dictatorial countries promotes suppression, instead of remedying the problem. We need to cut off all foreign aid and allow the natural process of citizen revolt to take place.

  • North Korea’s problem is not an issue of being liberal or conservative. It is about basic righteousness, wisdom and compassion. Without these, you cannot even begin the discussion regarding political spectrum.