The famine in North Korea is reportedly driving individuals to commit unthinkable acts. According to KSEE 24 News, cannibalism is becoming a problem in the nation, where human rights groups have estimated that as many as 10,000 people may have starved to death last year.
One of the most heartbreakingly disturbing instances is an unconfirmed report which was relayed to Asia Press by a citizen journalist from South Hwanghae, "In my village in May, a man who killed his own two children and tried to eat them was executed by a firing squad," quotes the Daily News. "While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: 'We have meat.'"
An official from the Korean Worker's Party talks about a man in a village in Chongdang county who was arrested after he "went mad with hunger" and boiled his grandchild, before eating his flesh.
Such actions are truly unimaginable to most. This is humankind at its most depraved.
One horrifying, although unconfirmed report from Live Science, involves a man digging up the dead body of his grandchild and eating the flesh.
Another man was said to have been executed by firing squad after killing 11 people and selling their remains as pork.
This rogue nation whose leader Kim Jong Un, recently declared the U.S. his country's sworn enemy, has seen regular famines since the 1990s. Last spring a drought wreaked havoc on crops, followed by "a severe tropical cyclone," which left an estimated 21,000 homeless.
North Korea dosen't seem to be in a position where they can afford to burn bridges. Maybe they shouldn't be so quick to refer to the U.S. as a sworn enemy, especially considering the communist regime was forced to accept food last year from its longtime foe, South Korea.