If you think you’ve got it bad, spare a thought for the people of North Korea. They’ve lived under an extreme communist regime for decades and the toll is starting to tell. No economic future, no tourism, no contact with the outside world, no work and no food. Life is dire in North Korea.

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The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean students and volunteers work to repair a water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province, hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean man stands in his partially rebuilt home, destroyed in recent floods and typhoon in South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Han Yong Hui, the leader of the Soa-Ri collective farm walks through a village in an area hit by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean man is seen from inside a kindergarten damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean farmer pushes a bicycle through a paddy field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean boys smile in a paddy field in an area damaged by summer floods and typhoons in South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by summer floods and typhoons in South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Jong Song Hui, a North Korean woman, stands in ruins of her home destroyed by summer floods and typhoons at the Sojo-Ri collective farm in South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean youths stretch their arms in exercise in front of a monument in the North Korean capital Pyongyang October 3, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean boy works in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean students walk under a painting in their school in the area hit by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean farmer looks from inside his home in area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean children are seen under a red flag in their village in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean orphans hold their hands as a foreign delegation visits their orphanage in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean orphans watch a television programme at their orphanage in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean farmer stands among the ruins of a house damaged by recent floods and typhoons on the Soksa-Ri collective farm in South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean students and volunteers work to repair water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean farmer on bicycle makes his way from a field in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Pak Su Dong, manager of the Soksa-Ri cooperative farm in the area hit by recent floods and typhoons shows damage to agricultural products in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Pak Su Dong, manager of the Soksa-Ri cooperative farm in the area hit by recent floods and typhoons talks about damage to agricultural products in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean man stands among the ruins of a house destroyed by recent floods and typhoons on the Soksa-Ri collective farm in South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean farmer looks from inside his home in area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Pak Chun Hwa, a North Korean farmer who lost her home in recent floods and typhoons sits outside her temporary shelter in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

An Industrial zone is seen behind a residential area in the North Korean capital Pyongyang at dawn September 28, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 28, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A child walks in front of a large mural showing North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in the capital Pyongyang October 3, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean military are seen below a tower practicing the national Juche (self-reliance) Ideology in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang October 3, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean boy makes his ways out from a garden in area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean boy looks from behind a wall around his house in area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Han Yong Hui, the leader of the Soa-Ri collective farm in the area hit by recent floods and typhoons talks to a foreign delegation in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean farmer works among ruins of a house destroyed by recent floods and typhoons in the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Pak Chun Hwa, a North Korean farmer who lost her home in recent floods and typhoons sits outside her temporary shelter in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean boy holds a spade in a corn field in area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (NORTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The North Korea Food Crisis

Salvaged possession are left in a temporary shelter of Jong Song Hui, a North Korean woman whose home was destroyed in recent floods and typhoon in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

People commute in Haeju, capital of South Hwanghae province which was hit by recent floods and typhoons early September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean students and volunteers work to repair a water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean students and volunteers work to repair a water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean students and volunteers pause from work to repair water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean students and volunteers work to repair a water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A man pauses while working to repair a water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A schoolgirl walks by as North Korean students and volunteers work to a repair water supply system in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Pak Su Dong, manager of the Soksa-Ri cooperative farm in the area hit by recent floods and typhoons shows damage to agricultural products in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean children whose kindergarten was destroyed by recent floods and typhoons wait under the tent to be examined for malnutrition signs in the South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 30, 2011.

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean orphans are dressed up as a foreign delegation visits their orphanage in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean orphans are dressed up as a foreign delegation visits their orphanage in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean orphans watch TV program as a foreign delegation visits their orphanage in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Shoes are left by the window of a room in a orphanage in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean women stand by a simple meal of maize prepared for orphans in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Spoons and bowls are seen stacked after being washed in a kitchen for orphans in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Words from English language lessons are seen on the board in the school in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

A North Korean woman walks in a kitchen for orphans in an area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the North Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

Jo Tae Kun, a North Korean health worker is interviewed by a TV crew outside a house that serves as a clinic in the village damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province September 29, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean babies suffering from malnutrition rest in a hospital in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The North Korea Food Crisis

North Korean babies suffering from malnutrition rest in a hospital in Haeju, capital of the South Hwanghae province hit by recent floods and typhoons October 1, 2011. In March, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 6 million North Koreans needed food aid and a third of children were chronically malnourished or stunted. Rising global commodities prices, sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile programmes, and its dysfunctional food distribution system had created a hunger crisis in the North, even before devastating summer floods and typhoons compounded the emergency. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj