By Jane Nambi
A man was found guilty of killing his two children for food in North Korea and was executed for the act.
According local media, North Korea is undergoing a tough famine situation which has caused the people to turn to cannibalism. Cannibalism has been reported in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae in North Korea which has been by hard hit famine which has claimed the lives of 10,000 people.
According to one of the informants, the executed man from South Hwanghae waited for his wife to leave before killing his children with the intention of eating them as food. “In my village in May, a man who killed his own two children and tried to eat them was executed by a firing squad. 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.’ But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children’s bodies under the eaves.”
A journalist reported another case of cannibalism saying, “There was an incident when a man was arrested for digging up the grave of his grandchild and eating the remains.” A middle ranking official of the ruling Korean Workers Party said: “In a village in Chongdan county, a man who went mad with hunger boiled his own child, ate his flesh and was arrested”
North Korea has not confirmed or denied any reports of the deaths.