“Not too long ago I met a North Korean refugee family. Their children were the ages of my children at the time – nine and six – or so it seemed. I couldn’t have been more wrong. They were 14 and nine. But their growth was stunted because they had been malnourished their entire lives.”

This eyewitness report from an Open Doors source is a graphic demonstration of the food shortages in North Korea.

North Korean food production in 2018 fell to its lowest level for over a decade, according to the United Nations. An estimated 11 million North Koreans – nearly 44% of the population – are undernourished.

“Widespread under-nutrition threatens an entire generation of children,” said Tapan Mishra, the UN resident coordinator in North Korea. His statement is backed up by Open Doors sources.

“From a region we cannot disclose we received a report that the prices of food products continue to rise,” said an Open Doors regional expert. “A large portion of the harvest goes directly to the government and what remains is too little for most people to survive.”


Mr Mishra added that the UN had been unable to reach hundreds of thousands of people it planned to help.

Which makes it even more remarkable that, with your support, Open Doors secret workers are smuggling in enough food to keep 60,000 believers alive in North Korea. And it’s not just food – there is also medicine, illegal Bibles and Christian literature to nourish the soul.

“You take care of our North Korean underground church organisation and church believers,” said one secret believer. “Your continuous and massive support helps our North Korean believers to be strengthened to fight at the frontline of the Christian battles.”

Your support is bringing hope to tens of thousands of North Korean Christians.

And with a generation at risk, your help is needed more than ever.



With the release of the 2019 World Watch List, it is clear that persecuted Christians are facing unprecedented pressure for their faith, and the need is greater than ever.

There was a great famine in North Korea in the 1990s. Today, the situation has not changed much. Even though food can be bought on the black market, it is too expensive for normal citizens to afford. There are thousands of Christians living in North Korea suffering now from both hunger and persecution for their faith.

“Please do not reduce the amount of food you send us,” church leaders tell us. “You don’t know what it is like to go hungry.”


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