A source inside North Korea is claiming that residents of the capital city of Pyongyang have been without food rations for the past three months. As a result, residents have reportedly been forced to rely on unofficial markets to not go hungry.
According to Daily NK, an insider said the last time that citizens inside the capital city received their food rations was back in March. Worse still, the food was comprised of corn rather than the more versatile and filling rice.
As a result, the source said that a number of households have started resorting to eating a single meal each day, with some only eating every two days. In addition, the insider said that many people in the city have begun visiting the mountainous countryside to forage for food.
The source added that communist officials blamed the food shortages on the “global economic stagnation caused by COVID-19” in addition to “schemes by imperialist powers to blockade North Korea.”
“The situation is so dire that there is even talk of a ‘second Arduous March’ among Pyongyangites,” the source said.
The Arduous March is a reference to a severe famine that plagued North Korea during the mid-1990s. The situation became so dire that the country requested food donations from the United Nations. Even with international aid, it is estimated that millions of North Koreans died from starvation and an entire generation grew up with defects due to malnutrition, according to History.com.
The insider claimed that the current food rations are even worse than those seen at the height of North Korea’s earlier famine.