The Case for Food Aid to North Korea

As the North Korean food crisis rises to critical levels, the Korea Policy Institute invites the public to an urgent briefing on to take place tomorrow at the Korean Peace Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.

David Austin, the director of the North Korean program of Mercy Corps, one of five US NGOs that furnish humanitarian food relief to North Korea, will offer an on-the-ground assessment of acute malnutrition and starvation in North Korea following this summer’s typhoon and floods.

Austin, who is featured in an interview that ran in the September issue of KoreAm, will outline the case for responsible, monitored food aid to the most vulnerable in North Korea and will explain the methods that insure delivery rather than diversion. Austin will also answer questions regarding one of the most challenging foreign policy issues facing the Obama administration today.

What: North Korea Food Aid Briefing
Where: Korean Peace Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles
3200 Wilshire Blvd., S. Tower, Ste. 1310.
When: Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m.

Acutely malnourished boy in critical condition with his mother in a pediatric ward at a county hospital in North Hwanghae in North Korea. Photo taken September 2011.