Covid victims ‘starve to death’ in purpose-built North Korean “quarantine camps” near Chinese border
In an interview with South China Morning Post, Tim Peters, an activist who runs Seoul-based Helping Hands Korea, said that North Korea “is providing absolutely minimal or no food or medicine to those who are interred there.”
The purpose-built camps house coronavirus patients in cities near the Chinese borders, and Peters likens them to North Korea’s prison camps, where those in isolation are receiving no medical aid and are being left starving to death.
He added: “So, it’s up to the families of the quarantined citizens to come to the edge of the camps and bring food to keep [them] alive along with whatever health-related aids that they can muster.”
“My sources indicate many in these camps have already died, not only from the pandemic but also from starvation and related causes.”
The United Nations has said that as much as 40 per cent of the population faces food shortages, which may have been exacerbated by severe summer floods and typhoons.
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