North Koreans Eating Their Own Kids: Reports

Cannibalism on the rise amid food shortage, informants say

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 28, 2013 5:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Rumors of cannibalism are emerging from North Korea during a food shortage that may have killed 10,000 people last year, Global Post reports. In one gruesome tale, authorities allegedly executed a father for killing and eating two of his kids: "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," said an informant. "When the wife came home he offered her food, saying 'We have meat.'"

But she grew suspicious and alerted authorities, who discovered parts of the children's remains "under the eaves." Informants also tell of a man arrested for digging up and eating his dead grandchild, and "a man who went mad with hunger" and boiled his child for dinner, the Independent reports. Meanwhile Pyongyang is waving its sword around, threatening to fire a nuclear missile at the US and take "strong physical countermeasures" if South Korea "participates in the so-called UN 'sanctions.'"

South Korean children watch the progress from under a picture of a North Korean child suffering from famine during a rally in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.
South Korean children watch the progress from under a picture of a North Korean child suffering from famine during a rally in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
In this Oct. 25, 2011, file photo, a North Korean woman carries her baby on her back as she walks past farm fields at a collective farm near Suriwon, North Korea.
In this Oct. 25, 2011, file photo, a North Korean woman carries her baby on her back as she walks past farm fields at a collective farm near Suriwon, North Korea.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
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