CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1998 |
It's Wednesday evening inside a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hollywood, and about 130 hungry men and women are looking forward to dinner--for some, their first hot meal in days. Many are street people traveling with bundles. Others have a place to stay, but augment their government checks by finding a free meal whenever they can.
May 19, 1998 |
A U.N. agency will cut back aid to hundreds of thousands of hungry people after Pyongyang reneged on its promise to provide access to the entire country, a U.N. official said in Rome. The Communist nation assured U.N. relief officials last month that it would let workers with the Rome-based World Food Program into all 210 counties, including areas off limits for security reasons, said Catherine Bertini, the program's top official.
January 7, 1998 |
The U.N. World Food Program appealed for $378 million in emergency aid to avert famine in North Korea, saying food stocks in the disaster-hit country could run out as soon as April. The WFP said it needed 657,972 metric tons of food to distribute to 7.5 million North Koreans, up sharply from the 4.7 million people it helped last year. The isolated Stalinist country has a population of 23.2 million.
June 8, 1997 |
Devastated by disastrous flooding that swept her home away two years ago, Yang Soo Bok now struggles with a more pernicious hardship: a perilous nationwide food shortage that has reduced government rations to less than a fourth of a bowl of cornmeal a day. Yet blooming in the private garden of her newly built home is a cornucopia of 12 crops, including lettuce, pumpkin, corn and wheat. She has two fruit trees and also is raising a pig and three chickens.
May 24, 1997 |
The South Korean Red Cross offered Friday to send starving North Koreans 40,000 tons of grain--twice the amount it has sent the North in two years of severe food shortages. North Korean negotiators accepted the aid after two hours of talks, said Lee Byung Woong, secretary-general of the South Korean Red Cross. He said negotiations here in the Chinese capital will resume today to resolve disputes on how the food will be sent and who will get it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997
Famine brought on by two years of devastating floods in North Korea has prompted a Paramount church to organize a weekend rummage sale to benefit and raise awareness of the tragedy's distant victims. St. Raphael Korean Catholic Center is offering rows of videotapes, clothing and housewares for sale through Saturday beside the church at 15946 Downey Ave. All proceeds will be sent to the United Nations-sanctioned Campaign to Stop Famine in North Korea.