Kim is desperate. His country is crumbling around him; his soldiers are eating each other; spring floods have destroyed most of his food crops and war is the only money maker he has.
The situation is a slow moving nightmare which reported began in 2011, when the situation was so bad, government functionaries were blackmailing food vendors and farmers for rice to feed the army.
Summer floods have devastated the food crops. Over 400,000 children are severely malnourished. Others have simply faded away and starved to death.
North Koreans have been smuggling video out of the country. One shows a Communist Party official demanding rice from a market vendor. Another shows a starving girl, who is looking for grass to eat. The once powerful north Korean Army was once immune to food shortages. The leaders fed the army first, which makes sense: no dictatorship can afford to have a starving army. That’s a good way to get deposed and shot.
Unfortunately, now there isn’t enough food to keep the military wolf off his back. Which brings us to this current threat level. The North’s leaders are playing an old game: threaten to shoot missiles at South Korea, threaten American military interests in the Pacific reagion, and wait for Uncle Same to send food. But this time, Kim may be more desperate than his father ever was.
His army is starving. Some of the military are resortiing to cannibalism. At least one soldier killed a comrade, ate some of the flesh and tried to sell the rest. Government food handouts have been small or non-existent for 2 years. Half of the army is malnurourished.
Smuggled footage of the hermit nation reveals food shortages, government blackmail of food vendors and farmers, and drastically reduced food rations. Kim;s back is up against the wall. He could start a war simply to reduce his population and give the army an enemy to focus on.
In the footage, a party official is demanding a stallholder make a donation of rice to the army.
“My business is not good,” complains the stallholder.
“Shut up,” replies the official. “Don’t offer excuses.”
It is clear that the all-powerful army – once quarantined from food shortages and famine – is starting to go hungry.
“Everybody is weak,” says one young North Korean soldier.”Within my troop of 100 comrades, half of them are malnourished,” he said. MOREHERE
In one account, a male guard who could not bear his hunger killed his colleague using an ax, ate some of the human flesh and sold the remainder in the market by disguising it as mutton, the report said, without giving any further details such as when the alleged crime occurred.
North Korea has drastically cut public food handouts as it heads towards a new hunger crisis with people again eating grass to survive, one of the most experienced aid workers in the isolated nation said.
Food rations have been cut to as low as 150 grammes (5.3 ounces) a day per person in some parts of the country as foreign donations collapse and higher international prices make imports more expensive, said Katharina Zellweger, head of a Swiss government aid office in Pyongyang. SOURCE
There are some secret political dissidents in North Korea who secretly film what’s REALLY going on in North Korea (such as starvation and public executions) and then smuggle it out of the country to be broadcasted. This is one of the videos, apparently of a starving girl looking for grass to eat.