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  1. (Reference photo) Elderly woman gleaning a post-harvest field. This is a familiar sight in North Korea in autumn. This photograph was taken in November 2012 in the suburbs of Sinuiju in the North Pyongan Province by an ASIAPRESS reporting partner. (C)ASIAPRESS

    Kim Jong-un’s Reputation Suffers as It Becomes Harder to Make Ends Meet

    [2013/Apr/20] Putting on a Show to Enhance Authority with the Military Writing the Script Has the Side Effect of Leaving a Bad Impression on the Global Community

  2. To Be Honest, the People of N.Korea Couldn’t Care Less

    [2013/Mar/20] Rumours that “One Rocket Launch is Worth Three Years of Food” — Kim Jong-un’s Reputation Remains Poor

  3. Hwanghae_Report

    Mass Starvations Occurring in the Breadbasket [pdf]

    [2013/Jan/28] Tens of Thousands May Be Dead — Also Reports of Cannibalism
    A serious situation arose in the Hwanghae Provinces in the southwestern part of North Korea from the beginning of 2012.

  4. Reporter Gu Gwang-ho (right) explaining the footage he has taken to editor Jiro Ishimaru(left) (October 2011, in northeast China)

    “I Want to Keep Reporting Till the Moment I Die”

    [2013/Jun/10] Message from Gu Gwang-ho, Reporter [Rimjin-gang] – The people of North Korea cannot see, nor can they hear. They do not really know what is going on in the rest of the world … (by Gu Gwang-ho)

  5. Rimjin-gang (NEWS FROM INSIDE NORTH KOREA) First English Edition Now available on iPad App

    Rimjin-gang is unique in that it is based solely…

  6. Column –Voices from inside N.Korea, Jiro ISHIMARU

  7. Rimjin-gang – Editor’s Notes on N.Korean Reporters

  8. N.Korean Reporter, LEE Jun story

  9. A female gleaner stands in a corn field after harvest. (October, 2008. Photo by Rimjin-gang reporter Shim Ui-chun)  (C) ASIAPRESS

    Why is there a Food Shortage Crisis in the Breadbasket Region of Hwanghae? (PART3)

  10. Farmers in a corn field. They are in the middle of planting beans in between the corn. When asked by the reporter if food for this year's rations had been collected yet, they responded that even if they wanted to give something, there were no crops to give yet. (June, 2010. Photo by Rimjin-gang reporter Kim Dong-cheol) (C) ASIAPRESS

    Why is there a Food Shortage Crisis in the Breadbasket Region of Hwanghae? (PART2)

  11. The geographic location of the North and South Hwanghae Provinces is shown above. They are among the farthest provinces from the Chinese border. Sariwon and Haeju are the respective provincial capitals of North and South Hwanghae.

    Why is there a Food Shortage Crisis in the Breadbasket Region of Hwanghae? (PART1)

  12. A typical meal: corn is supplemented with vegetables in a miso dressing (right) and salt (left). (March, 2011, Hyaesan, Ryanggang Province, by Choi Gyon-ok)

    Discontent Over Special Rations and Criticism Towards Wasted Expenditures on the Launch

  13. A group of young soldiers who are going to be transferred to the rear-echelon because of malnourishment. Some skinny soldiers stagger and can hardly walk. The troop commander told them to stay behind the wall so as not to be seen by the public. (Taken by Gu Gwang-ho, July, 2011. South Pyongan Province) ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report 5〉 Malnutrition Rampant Among The People’s Army

  14. An old man was stopped by soldiers. He got raked over for his shabby-looking clothes. The soldier's armband reads "inspection". (Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) (C) ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report 4〉Inspection At The Metro Station Entrance – “No Shabby Cloths, No Large Luggage!”

  15. A young couple dressed up in a wedding costume drove right up to the park in a black Mercedes to take their wedding picture. They seemed to be children of privileged or high-ranking officials. (Taesong District, Pyongyang. June, 2011. Taken by Gu Gwang-ho (C)ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report 3〉Widening Gaps – The Privileged Enjoy a Luxurious Life And the Homeless Suffer Harsh Days

  16. Women street vendors sitting in a line, selling goods in the area between apartment buildings. It is illegal to do this and the local authorities often made crackdowns and forcibly confiscated all goods and charged fines. But since the people's backlash was provoked, the team just patrols around and disperses them but confiscation measures are not taken these days. (Moranbong District, Pyongyang. June, 2011. Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) (C)ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report -2〉Unauthorized Street Vendors (Pyongyang)

  17. The entrance of the Moran market. The gate opens at three o'clock in the afternoon. Large bags that people carry seemed filled with the goods they sell.(Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) (C) ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report -1〉Public Market – The Moran Market (Pyongyang)

  18. The outskirts of Hyesan, Ryanggang Province in northern North Korea. The river Amrok-gang (called Yalu in Chinese) that forms the border between Changbai Korean Autonomous County in Jilin Province of China and North Korea is pictured. Both sides used to be very active with trade activities. However, customs have remained closed since the 19th, after Kim Jong-il's death. Photo taken from the Chinese side of the river. (July, 2010. Photo by Lee Jin-su)  (C) ASIAPRESS

    Cold Response from Residents to Chairman Kim Jong-il’s Death ? Steep Jump in Food Prices

  19. Rice displayed in the market. Chinese rice can be found here, but people prefer domestic rice and corn which is rather expensive. (Taken by Kim Dong-cheol. January 2011, suburb of Pyongyang) (C)ASIAPRESS

    Exemplary-contributors Praised At The Public Notice-board

  20. Bags filled with food on the bicycles of tegori merchants. Sometime a bicycle piles up more than 80 kilograms (=176 lb) of food or goods. (March, 2011. North Pyongan Province; Taken by Kim Dong-cheol) (C)ASIAPRESS

    The Government Launches Massive Campaign of Seizing Rice For The Military

  21. A young cadet tells Kim about food conditions of his troop in Kim's secret video interview. (March 2011, North Pyongan Province, by Kim Dong-cheol.) (C)ASIAPRESS

    The Testimony of a Starving Soldier: “Half of us are malnourished”

  22. A homeless man aged 50 in a coal-mining town in North Pyongan Province. He lost both job and home a year ago. He earns a living by collecting pieces of coal on the streets and selling them. There is no one in my country who talks to homeless people. After I spoke with him in friendly manner, he started to cry. (Taken by Kim dong-cheol. February 2011, North Pyongan Province) (C) ASIAPRESS

    “Unemployment” Increases While The State Growls Socialism

  23. Homeless Kotchebi girls hang around the market all day begging for food. (January. 2011. North Pyongan Province, by Kim Dong-cheol. (January. 2011. North Pyongan Province, by KimDong-cheol) (C)ASIAPRESS

    N.Korea Food Shortage: Not a matter of absolute shortage, a matter of distribution and access – 2

  24. N.Korea Food Shortage: Not a matter of absolute shortage, a matter of distribution and access -1

  25. Rimjin-gang - Periodic Survey - Price List (2011/June 8 – 14)

  26. Hyperinflation and Worsening Food Supplies to The Troops

  27. A 23 year-old homeless woman found dead

  28. PHOTO by Kim Dong-cheol(2010/Jan)

    Official Decree – Redenomination – Currency Exchange

  29. The emaciated young soldier squatting here is collecting pieces of stolen corn from a cooperative farm. (September 2008, by Chang Jeong-gil)

    Chang Jeong-gil on Pyongyang’s Kangdong County

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