BREAKING NEWS: North Korean Christians: 'Children Die On Streets'

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By Worthy News Correspondents Eric Leijenaar reporting from the Netherlands and Stefan J. Bos

Many children die in North Korea of starvation, aid workers and local Christians say.ps say.
Many children die in North Korea of starvation, aid workers and local Christians say.

PYONGYANG/AMSTERDAM (Worthy News)-- Christians in North Korea said Wednesday, November 25, a massive famine has broken out in their autocratic-ruled nation with many children "dying" while security forces send malnourished people to labor camps for allegedly refusing to join the "100-Day Battle."

"In the province Hwanghae it is again normal to see dead children lying on the streets," local Christians added in statements distributed by Open Doors, a Netherlands-based group supporting persecuted Christians in North Korea and other countries.

North Korean Christians blamed a nation-wide production-drive imposed by the regime of the country's leader Kim Jong-il, known as the "100-Day Battle", for the apparently worst famine in years.

"The people don't get the chance to keep themselves alive," Christians said in comments obtained by Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife. Those seen as not working for the country's interests are immediately send to labor camps, where inmates have been tortured, Christians said.

The new '100-Day Battle', will take the total length of the mobilization period up to the end of the year, and possibly even into early 2010, pro-North Korean media reported.

MORE BATTLES

The publication of the General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan, Chosun Shinbo, reportedly said the latest battle followed  the '150-Day Battle' when "many units have been achieving fruitful results."

"Without slowing down a bit, [the North Korean people will] keep up their vigor during the '100-Day Battle'."

Christians said the latest developments proof that Kim Jong-il is not able to provide enough food to the population. The current famine is becoming similar to the famine of the 1990s when at least an estimated one million people died of starvation, suggested Open Doors spokesman Jan Vermeer. Some estimates speak of "millions" of people.

"We have learned from our contacts [in North Korea] that parents die or leave their children because they can no longer see how their sons and daughters are dying of hunger," he told Worthy News.

"There are whole groups of children roaming through the country. If they are detained by police, they are brought to overfull orphanages where they die. To keep themselves alive, North Koreans are trading at night at illegal markets. The next day they have to report themselves again at their [state] working places," Vermeer added.

BRINGING BIBLES

He said the current situation has made it more difficult for Open Doors to bring Bibles, Christian books, medicines, food and other aid to underground churches.

Christians often suffer as North Korea's Stalinist system is based on total devotion of the individual to an ideology promoted by the late leader Kim Il Sung and his successor and son, Kim Jong-il, observers who recently visited the country said.

The ideology, known as Juche, largely resembles a religion or cult, and refugees' accounts say those who oppose it are dealt with severely, often ending up in prison camps. Despite the risks there are believed to be likely at least tens of thousands of practicing Christians, several observers have said.

"We were planning to wait till the end of the first 150 [Day Battle] and to continue after that time [with bringing aid]," explained Vermeer. "Now there is again mobilization, there are stricter controls, and people can only travel from one area to another with special permissions. Yet, North Korean Christians have asked us not to avoid the danger. They also asked us for prayers," he added.

Despite the difficulties, Vermeer said, North Koreans remain courages. "They secretly try to speak with others about their faith in Christ. Additionally [North Korean Christians] also give practical support. We know of a woman who has almost no food, but still shares with others who even have less."

At the same time, the country's increasingly isolated regime spends much on the military and announced this month that it successfully weaponized more plutonium for atomic bombs.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea had finished reprocessing 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods, which experts say would provide enough weapons-grade plutonium for at least one more nuclear bomb.

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

Observers linked the move to North Korean efforts to have direct nuclear negotiations with the U.S., believing that it is the easiest, fastest and surefire way of ensuring the survival of the totalitarian regime and win economic concessions to rebuild its economy.

North Korea also revised its constitution to give even more power to leader Kim Jong-il, and elevate his "military first" ideology, South Korea's Unification Ministry said. .

Though there is little doubt over the 67-year-old Kim's power, secured by his role as chairman of the National Defence Commission, the new constitution removes any risk of ambiguity.

"The chairman is the highest general of the entire military and commands the entire country," according to a text of the constitution enacted by the reclusive North in April and only recently released by the South Korean government.

The chairman is now the country's "supreme leader". Though the position had become the seat of power under Kim, the previous constitution in 1998 simply said the chairman oversees matters of state, the South Korea's Unification Ministry said in comments monitored by Worthy News.

Kim Jong-il, who is believed to have suffered a stroke last year, earlier also designated his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as the country's next leader, according to reports in South Korean media.

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  1. {{{ The chairman is now the country's "supreme leader" }}}

    There Is Only One And He Is LORD

    "And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
    But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
    So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 12:19-21

    And He Is The Judge

    "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
    For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

    Call Upon Him While There Is Time

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." Joel 2:32

    And Be Blessed Beloved

    Love, Joe

  2. :*( Lord! On behalf of the innocent, please be merciful. Show us a way to rescue
    these people. Please help us get to these people. Wake up these blind followers of Kim Jong-il.
    Expose Kim Jong-il to your word. Speak to him. Make him see that you are real. Help him to repent.
    For your name sake be merciful to us sinners. You are our only hope. Amen Lord!

  3. If there is ANYONE out there who can give me any information they can on how my husband and I can help, please let me know ASAP!!! Neither my husband or myself have any means to travel, nor do we have tons of money to donate. However, we have the means to donate canned goods and nonperishable foods to these oppressed, starving people in North Korea. My heart goes out to all of them, especially those poor children ! PLEASE, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY OUT THERE PLEASE TELL ME HOW I CAN GET SOME FOOD TO THESE PEOPLE, AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO, LORD WILLING, I WILL!!! HEAVENLY FATHER, PLEASE CAST YOUR PERFECT PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING ON THESE POOR, SICK, AND STARVING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN. PLEASE WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND THEM. I ALSO PRAY, HEAVENLY FATHER, THAT YOU SEND STRONG ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE LEADER OF THIS COUNTRY TO FORSAKE HIS IDOLATRY AND TO CEASE FROM OPPRESSING THE PEOPLE UNDER HIS RULE; I PRAY ALSO FOR HIS SOUL, AS WELL AS THE SOULS FOR ALL THE OTHER LOST OVER THERE. THEY NEED A MIRACLE; THEY NEED YOU, HOLY SPIRIT! I PRAY FOR THOSE ALSO BEING OPPRESSED AND KILLED IN THE PRISON CAMPS; I PRAY FOR RELIEF FOR THEM IN EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR LIVES, AND FOR THEIR SOULS TO BE WON TO YOUR KINGDOM. GOD THE FATHER, TO YOU BE THE GLORY!! I PRAY THIS IN JESUS' MIGHTY AND PRECIOUS NAME, AMEN!

    • Voice-of-The-Martyrs @ Persecution.com has an extensive underground network throughout the world for the persecuted. They can help. They also have a detailed series of websites and traveling volunteer

  4. Lord, I praise YOU for these Christians who are still hoping in a land without hope. I ask You that You would give them greater understanding of who You are. I ask You to help them to think clearly in the midst of their need. Give them songs in the night and supernatural joy, and ways of expressing that joy in a way that greatly glorify You. I ask You to protect Your church in North Korea. Give them great unity and love for each other. I ask You to explain Your ways to them in ways that they can understand and pass on to others. Uphold their hearts, minds, relationships, and work. Show them how to work effectively. Show them how to meditate on You and even boast of Your power and strength in ways that build others up, when everyone else is focusing on the negative. I ask You for supernatural multiplication of food and resources among believing Christians, especially when they give.

    I ask You that Kim Jong Il would allow other leaders to express their thoughts and even disagree with him, for the benefit of the country. I ask You to open his eyes to a different and more positive way of thinking. Show him the power of emphasizing the positive, and how his system is so harshly emphasizing the negative. Give him great grace to hear other points of view from his own people and leaders from other countries.

    I thank You for the university in North Korea that is teaching about capitalism (Pyongyang University of Science and Technology). I ask You that this place would grow and multiply greatly, even more than the government run university. I ask You to supernaturally protect this place, and to increase the favor that the university's president has with Kim Jong-Il. Show this man how to agree to disagree with Kim Jong-Il. I ask You to keep this place positive and that this place would abound in practical ways of doing and thinking. I ask You that this university would proclaim Your name boldly. I ask You that You would ignite the hearts of the ones You call Your own on this college campus, and keep them in Your care. I ask You to bless each and every way that this university is practicing truth, and that You would not allow corruption to prosper. I ask You that You would open doors for leaders from other countries to teach the students. I ask You that the students would understand the teachers, and the teachers to understand the students.

    In Jesus' mighty name, Amen

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