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The Answers: North Korea by Jeremy Kourdi

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An immediate effect of the famine was to push many to leave the country in search of food. The number of North Koreans currently in hiding in northeastern China is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, perhaps peaking at around a quarter of a million during the height of the famine.8 The vast majority of those who have left have done so out of hunger, though there is now a growing awareness of the prosperity to be found in the cities of China and ultimately South Korea.

More people do not seek escape, however, because North Koreans are brought up in a culture of extreme xenophobia. From an early age they are subject to race-based ...

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