Dying North Koreans 'turn to cannibalism'
Published 29/01/2013 | 05:00
REPORTS of cannibalism in North Korea have emerged amid claims starving people are being forced to resort to desperate measures.
The reports come as sanctions against the country, which is led by Kim Jong-un, are tightened against the backdrop of angry rhetoric over missile testing. Reports from inside the secretive state claim a man has been executed after murdering his two children for food.
The grim suggestions that North Koreans are turning to cannibalism were reported by the Asia Press, and published in the 'Sunday Times'. The reports claim a "hidden famine" in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae has killed 10,000 people, and there are fears that cannibalism is spreading throughout the country.
In one report, a man was said to have dug up his grandchild's corpse. Other lurid reports included the suggestion that some men boiled their children before eating them.
Asia Press is a news agency based in Japan which claims to have recruited a network of "citizen journalists" inside North Korea. The reports are considered credible. North Korea has not confirmed or denied any reports of the deaths in North and South Hwanghae provinces.
Jiro Ishimaru, from Asia Press said: "Particularly shocking were the numerous testimonies that hit us about cannibalism." (© Independent News Service)