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Cannibalism in North Korea?

What if it wasn't just a rumor? A leaked document raises concern

Just when you thought North Korea couldn't get any more disturbing.

A leaked official police document reportedly details at least one case of cannibalism.

If true, the report would validate what has been rumored in the North for quite some time: that people are so hungry they are eating other people.

According to the Korea Herald:

"The report, later obtained by South Korea's Caleb Mission, provided a rare look into the alleged cannibalism and other crimes, but it did not say whether cannibalism has become a widespread practice.

In one account, a male guard who could not bear his hunger killed his colleague using an ax, ate some of the human flesh and sold the remainder in the market by disguising it as mutton, the report said, without giving any further details such as when the alleged crime occurred."

The confidential, 791-page document, called a "Manual for workers in law enforcement," chronicles 721 criminal cases. The majority of cases involved food.

Five of the cases, according to the International Business Times, involved cannibalism.

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While there is some doubt as to the veracity of everything described in the report, its official nature leads experts to believe most of its contents can be taken as fact.

“I have been studying North Korean laws for the last forty years and have never seen anything like this inner document of the North Korean law enforcement unit,” said Jang Myung-bong, a specialist in North Korean laws.

“It is a very critical resource in which we can take a peek on important changes of North Korean law and vividly depict the real life within the society.”

There can be no doubt that much of North Korea is hungry. But a recent report suggests the famine may not be widespread.

The findings of a U.S. team led by Robert King, U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights, apparently say that there isn't a full-blown crisis, though some parts of the country are experiencing drastic shortages, according to the South Korean publication, Dong-a Ilbo.

Based on this assessment, Washington is likely to recommend that food assistance is necessary for certain regions in the North where food is in particularly short supply.

But those places in need, according to the North Korean report of cannibalism, are perhaps worse off than anyone thought.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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Jul 1, 2011, 10:04 am
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@ Emily Lodish - why don’t you tell your readers that you support animal abuse??

Let your readers know about your brilliant story extolling the virtures of torturing animals to death and then let them decide if your worth following.

CNN - http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/tag/emily-lodish/

and then read the REAL TRUTH about this issue:
Every year, two million South Korean dogs are electrocuted, strangled, or bludgeoned to death and are then skinned, chopped up, and boiled to be eaten. The cruelty and suffering endured by these dogs is unimaginable.

Most are homeless dogs, captured by butchers and sold in open markets.

The country’s Animal Protection Law, which was passed in 1991 considers dogs to be “domestic pets.” However, authorities are giving the dog meat trade their silent blessing by turning a blind eye to this outrageous bloodbath throughout South Korea.

YOUTUBE videos show the horrors of this treatment:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=south+korean+dog,+cat+market&aq=f

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Jun 22, 2011, 4:42 pm
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Some years ago a soup restaurant in comparatively wealthy Guangzhou (China) was caught serving human flesh. A medical student found a knuckle in his soup and recognized it as human. He went to the police, who didn’t believe him at first. They went, finally, and found that the restaurant had been buying cadavers ...

... which presumably were cheaper than beef!

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