UN says Korea aid scheme on verge of failing

Published on 13 December 2010

A UN aid programme that is supposed to provide food supplements to 2m children and pregnant women in North Korea is reaching less than half the target population and is likely to close within months because western funding has dried up. Kenro Oshidari, the UN World Food Programme’s Asia regional director, said the essential nutritional supplements programme was 80 per cent unfunded because of a dispute over North Korean restrictions on western monitoring of how the aid was used.

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