The Problems Of North Korea

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There is always someone out there who has it worse. In this case, North Koreans live difficult lives. Everyday is a struggle in North Korea because they have scarce resources and live under strict government rules. Food, especially, is hard to obtain in North Korea, and the people are not fed as well as their military. North Korea is an isolated country and not many foreign people understand what goes on inside of the North Korean borders. The problem that North
Korea faces is a serious problem because they are starved by the government purposefully. Many
North Koreans are not able to walk down the street and purchase a can of soda or even bread because the markets that are built do not sell any real products. Nearly all stores in North Korea
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Many news reports publish issues on North Korea’s “severe drought” issue; however, the problem lies far back into the history of North Korea. Author Phil McKenna believes that the drought North Korea faces, has always been a lingering issue since the 1990’s. The reason for this is because “North Korea is highly dependent on artificial fertilization and irrigation...”(McKenna 11). North Korea, however, isn’t the only country that faced famines due to over exploitation of the land. Europe was also in this state due to constant farming and draining all the nutrients from the ground. Due to the development of artificial fertilizers, Europe was able to breed better crops and restore the once barren land. North Korea’s fertilizers are also taking a toll on the land “North Korean farmers are heavily reliant on nitrogen based fertilizers, which... drain the soil of nutrients” (McKenna 18). The fertilizers, North Korean farmers use, are unbalanced and do not have the certain nutrients that help both the land and the crops.
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Since the division of North and South Korea in 1953, many North Koreans risked their lives in order to escape from the regime that began to evolve.
Kim Il­sung was the country’s first leader and many North Koreans were afraid of his totalitarian rule. In the 1990’s the famine arrived and North Koreans were starting to see their possessions and food disappear slowly. What really shaped the famine was the cessation of Soviet aid after the end of the Cold War, a series of cataclysmic floods and the total failure of any government response devastated North Korean agriculture. North Koreans would go to bed hungry praying that their supreme leader would help them through this and provide them with food by some miracle. The North Korean government knew exactly what they were doing. They knew that starving their people would help keep them weak, so that none of the North Korean people would rebel and start a revolution. One brave North Korean, Joseph Kim, escaped the clutches of totalitarian government and lived to tell the tale. Kim talks about how when he was a child, he experienced a complete absence of authority of any kind and it was clear from the train that
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