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    UN Appeals for $111-Mln Humanitarian Aid for North Korea

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    The UN appealed on Thursday for $111 million to fund its humanitarian operations in North Korea amid food shortages in the country.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Around 70 percent of North Korea's population or 18 million people do not have consistent access to adequate food, according to the United Nations.

    "DPR Korea is both a silent and underfunded humanitarian situation. Protracted and serious needs for millions of people are persistent and require sustained funding," UN Resident Coordinator Ghulam Isaczai said in a statement published on the UN official website.

    The UN Resident Coordinator called on donors to "respond quickly and generously" to help aid agencies address the problem.

    "Humanitarian needs must be kept separate from political issues to be able to ensure minimum living conditions for the most vulnerable, especially women, children and the elderly," Isaczai added.

    In November 2014, the World Food Program humanitarian organization said that it had enough funds to continue operations in North Korea until the end of March 2015.

    North Korea is isolated from the international community over its nuclear weapon program and reported human rights violations.

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    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), humanitarian crisis, humanitarian aid, UN World Food Program (WFP)
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