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Korea cannibalism: Claims famine behind North Korean cannibals (Photos)

While Korea cannibalism is not news to residents of the isolated country, allegations that families are eating children are shocking elsewhere, especially in developed countries. Sources say a "hidden famine" is behind cannibals eating their own and Korean officials are masking the human rights issue.

Citing a story on Jan. 28 from the Atlantic Wire, stories are cropping up in various news agencies about a disturbing revelation in the troubled country. Suggestions of Cannibalism in North Korea supposedly comes from eyewitness accounts.

"While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: 'We have meat.'

"But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children's bodies under the eaves,'" one unnamed source explained about Korea cannibalism in their region.

Still, another witness told the story about a man who was arrested for digging up the remains of their grandchild. Allegedly, he was driven to hunger due to food shortages that he was forced to cannibalize the remains.

North Korea is notorious for sharing propaganda-driven news. As such, stories like this about humans eating the flesh of others are difficult to confirm. Most of the information has come from citizen reporters like the two shared above.

Because the country, led by Kim Jong-un, operates under a veil of secrecy, talk about thousands of people dying in "hidden famines" is unsettling.

The controversial country continues to be isolated and hit with sanctions that directly impact its ability to gather resources and capital from the outside. And with another nuclear test threat looming, the country's condition is not likely to improve in the near term.

With access to outsiders cut off, hopefully, Korea cannibalism is merely fable, not fact.

Last modification: Tue 29 Jan 2013

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