How Sick Is North Korea?
The prognosis isn’t good. With an idealistic eye toward reunification, South Korean researchers are using a long-term study to assess the health and development of some 1,100 North Koreans who’ve escaped to the peninsula’s southern half. These mentally and physically scarred refugees tell of surviving a society where 70 percent suffer protracted “food insecurity,” and where the best medicine comes from black marketeer doctors and Chinese folk traditions. Their data has taken on special relevance with Americans demanding answers about U.S. student Otto Warmbier, who died after 17 months in the Hermit Kingdom’s care.