[Ed. – Depraved indifference]
North Korean soldiers are being given months off to scrounge around fields in a desperate bid to find food, new reports from inside the reclusive state has revealed.
Pictures have emerged which appear to show soldiers looking through a corn field was published on Daily NK, a Seoul-based website which reveals what life is truly like in North Korea.
A source from the northern Ryanggang Province told the website: ‘The officers know better than anyone that they must feed their soldiers in order to maintain morale, and that rations of cornmeal with very few calories only serve to instill disillusionment among them.’
Other sources said many residents have expressed ‘pity about the situation’ after soldiers are spending up to three months pillaging their crops.
It is claimed that a poor harvest, a drought and international sanctions have left the government with reduced food rations.
Another source added: ‘Even though the price of rice hasn’t changed much in the markets, people are especially worried that the effects of international sanctions will continue to mount and soon cause even more problems.’