North Korea Cannibalism Reports Emerge Amid Food Shortage, Famine

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News out of North Korea is never totally reliable, but food shortages have reportedly gotten so bad that people are murdering their own children for food.

These startling news stories were compiled by independent reporters commissioned by Asia Press, a independent press agency focusing on Asia.

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A source said: "While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well."

"When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: 'We have meat.'"

"But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children's bodies under the eaves."

Another Asia Press' journalist said: "There was an incident when a man was arrested for digging up the grave of his grandchild and eating the remains."

The big question here is whether this is all true or new urban myths. Considering this is North Korea, we will certainly never hear it from them.

But Asia Press has worked with citizen reporters in the famine-struck regions of North and South Hwanghae for the past year, and has good credibility.

Sadly, these are not the first reports of North Korean cannibalism.

Back in 2003, during another food shortage there were refugee accounts that people in the country began killing and eating their children and then selling their corpses.

Reports of previous famines have been well documented and Asia Press claims that as many as 10,000 people may have died because of the "Hidden Famine" this year.  

Then there's the fact that we know North Korea was devastated by storms and flooding in the summer of 2012. You can't hide a tropical cyclone or its after-effects.