Fears of cannibalism grow for a reported famine-hit North Korea after claims that a man was executed for killing his two children for food. Reports of a hidden famine have sparked concern that people are resorting to cannibalism inside the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae. This horrific claim follows the reports of 10,000 people dying from this famine, according to The Independent on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
Sanctions have been tightened to North Korea over the missile testing in that country, which could further add to the problem of a dwindling food supply. Other reports of cannibalism have sparked real concerns for the people of this country. In one incident, a grandfather was said to have dug up his grandchild’s corpse and then he ate the child’s remains.
Reports of a man who "boiled his children" before eating them have also surfaced amid this famine claim. One of the most publicized incidents of alleged cannibalism ended up with a man meeting his demise in front of a firing squad after eating his children while his wife was away on business.
According to reports the man killed his eldest daughter for food and after his son witnessed this killing, he also killed him. When his wife arrived back home he told her “we have meat.” His wife grew suspicious and notified the Ministry of Public Security. They embarked on an investigation which led to finding part of the children’s remains under the eaves of their home.
Unfortunately, this reported secret famine does not appear to see relief anytime soon as, “a new UN agreement, passed on Tuesday, extended sanctions already imposed on North Korea after it held nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.” North Korea has not denied or confirmed these reports of a famine spawning cannibalism.