Rumor: Famine-stricken North Koreans are becoming cannibals

Reports by undercover journalists published in London's Sunday Times claim that North Koreans are murdering their own children to survive during a "hidden famine."

UNCONFIRMED: Famine-stricken North Koreans are becoming cannibals.

Reports by undercover journalists published in London's Sunday Times claim that North Koreans are murdering their own children to survive during a "hidden famine."

Disturbing accounts

The report in the Times leads with a gruesome detail of a father being executed by firing squad after murdering his two children to eat them during a food shortage in the country that may have killed more than 10,000 people last year.

Other accounts described how a man dug up his grandchild's corpse for food and another boiled his own child to consume the flesh.

The independent journalists who wrote these accounts were commissioned by Asia Press, which the Times describes as a credible entity based in Osaka, Japan.

No official confirmation from North Korea

The North Korean government has not officially confirmed any of these deaths.

According to the Times, a U.N. mission to the country under the supervision of the government reported a food surplus in both North and South Hwanghae provinces, located south of the capital, Pyongyang.

The 12-page report by Asia Press uses pseudonyms for the reporters and their sources. "Particularly shocking were the numerous testimonies that hit us about cannibalism," Jiro Ishimaru of Asia Press told the Times. 

The Times noted that these incidents of famine-stricken cannibalism occurred as Kim Jong Un took the helm, marking his "ascent to power with a new image, a glamorous wife and two costly rocket launches."

Reports of famine and cannibalism in North Korea also surfaced in 2003, The Independent of London reported. 



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