Fact Sheet on the Summit Council's
Humanitarian Relief Fund Project for North Korea
- According to authoritative United Nations agencies, severe food
shortages and possible starvation will affect millions of people
in North Korea (DPRK) in coming weeks and months unless substantial
food aid is soon provided. Severe summer floods, causing extensive
agricultural and infrastuctural damage, and now bitter winter
temperatures, have greatly aggravated an already deteriorating food
supply situation, creating conditions bordering on famine. In
January, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that large
numbers of North Korean children will die of malnutrition if more
food aid does not soon materialize. A December joint Food and
Agriculture Organization/World Food Program crop assessment report
indicates that 2.1 million children and 500,000 pregnant and nursing
women are most at risk.
- Thus far, donor response to appeals by international humanitarian
relief agencies has been very limited. The World Food Program issued
an unprecedented worldwide appeal for help to victims in the DPRK
but thus far has received donations to only provide little more
than 10,000 tons of food -- enough to feed just 360,000 people for
a month, yet, most of the North's 23 million population is affected.
The WFP estimates that North Korea needs at least 1.2 million tons
of grain to cover its shortfall and adequately feed its population.
- The World Food Program and International Federation of the Red
Cross have appealed for immediate aid from both governments and
the private sector. In response, The New York Times and Washington
Post have urged the United States and other governments to do more
to provide humanitarian assistance to the North. The United States
has donated $2,225,000 through the WFP and UNICEF for North Korean
famine relief, but because of the magnitude of need, the U.S. is
encouraging private organizations to raise funds for humanitarian
assistance to the DPRK. As a result, the Summit Council for World
Peace was granted a Treasury Department license to seek funds to
be transferred to the World Food Program for relief to North Korea.
- The United States has more than just a humanitarian interest in
assisting flood victims in the DPRK. Famine can easily lead to
serious instability -- both internal and regional where war on
the volatile Korean peninsula can break out without warning. Any
hostilities unleashed in Korea will inevitably draw in Korea's
neighbors, Japan, China and Russia. The U.S. maintains long-standing
security commitments with both South Korea and Japan. Moreover,
the U.S. signed a vital political agreement with the DPRK in October
1994 for the North to give up its nuclear program in exchange for
proliferation-resistant reactors. It is in the American interest
to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia by encouraging
food relief for North Korea.
- The Summit Council for World Peace is an association of former
heads of state and government from around the world promoting
international peace, reconciliation and humanitarian assistance.
It has been very active in fostering and facilitating inter-Korean
dialogue and reconciliation for the past six years. Founded by the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the Summit Council believes it is ideally
suited to appeal for humanitarian relief in the DPRK. It makes no
profit in soliciting donations other than to cover modest administrative
costs. Its Treasury license number is B-92870. Its federal tax
exemption number is: 521236960.
- The World Food Program has opened an office in Pyongyang, North
Korea's capital, and stationed international personnel in the
country to monitor the entire process from the arrival of food at
the port to final distribution to the hungry in the countryside.
All beneficiaries have been farmers whose homes and food stocks
were washed away by the summer floods. While the DPRK Ministry of
Food Administration handles the distribution of food aid, the WFP
is the only organization in the country permitted and with the
capacity to monitor the distribution of food aid to ensure it
reaches those most in need. The WFP is satisfied that no food aid
has been diverted by the DPRK to other than the intended beneficiaries.
Donations should be made out to the "Summit Council Humanitarian
Relief Fund." They will be transferred to the United Nations World
Food Program, earmarked for North Korean flood relief. For more
information, please contact the Summit Council's office at:
Summit Council for World Peace
2329 California St., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel. (202) 387-9070
Fax: (202) 387-9066
Here is a current AP news article on the World Food
UN Sending Rice To N. Koreans
Date: Thu Mar 07 18:40:45 EST 1996
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thailand, the world's biggest rice
exporter, is donating 5,635 tons of rice to help ease a food crisis
in North Korea.
The food aid, arranged by the United Nations' World Food Program,
is being loaded onto a Chinese freighter for shipment by the end
of the week, a port agent in Bangkok said Thursday.
The U.N. agency paid for the rice with donations from the United
States, Australia and the four Nordic countries.
North Koreans face possible starvation after floods devastated
rice-growing areas last summer. North Korea's Communist government,
which for decades promoted the idea of national self-reliance, has
made an unprecedented appeal for foreign aid.
The World Food Program arranged a first emergency shipment of 6,540
tons of low-quality rice, also from Thailand, last November. This
week's load is scheduled to reach the North Korean port of Nampo
after a 10-day voyage, said Alan Mehew, the agent handling the
The World Food Program said it plans to send a third shipment of
at least 3,000 tons.
But North Korea's needs, estimated at 1.2 million tons, dwarf the
agency's contributions so far. Millions of children and pregnant
women could starve by summer unless donor countries provide more
food aid, the agency warned.