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From our point of view, two major weaknesses in the relief programs favor exclusion of vulnerable populations from the aid system. Once outside North Korea, challenges remain for North Koreans seeking refuge outside their country. Most North Korean refugees do not even contemplate reaching South Korea. Instead, they cross the border into China in search of food for their families, or a temporary job that will allow them to buy medicines or other essential goods needed at home.
These refugees live in a precarious situation in China and are in urgent need of assistance.
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Considered illegal migrants by the Chinese authorities, they live in hiding and face the risk of being arrested at any time, forcefully repatriated, and subject to severe repercussions in North Korea. Border rules posted along the Tumen River in Chinese and Korean stipulate that, "It is forbidden to financially help, allow to stay, harbor, or aid in the settlement of people from the neighboring country who have crossed the border illegally.
Only a handful of refugees manage to reach a third country, where they continue to face the risk of being arrested anytime as illegal migrants during their 3-tomonth screening process. Up to now, none of the North Korean defectors who have been resettled in South Korea have been granted refugee status. In July , MSF called on the Chinese authorities to cease forced repatriations and allow humanitarian assistance for the refugees. These calls have gone unanswered. The ongoing repression of North Korean refugees and of those who assist them limits the scope of any humanitarian operation on the Sino-Korean border.
There may soon be no more refugees to tell you about North Korea.
The need for assistance to the North Korean people is widely acknowledged. Testimonies of North Korean refugees confirm that despite massive international relief going into the country, a significant segment of the population remains in a precarious food situation. These testimonies also suggest that humanitarian assistance is not primarily directed at, nor reaching, the most vulnerable populations.
A second concern addresses the dire plight of North Koreans seeking refuge in China. Thank you for your attention. The humanitarian situation and refugees in North Korea. MSF derives its current understanding of the humanitarian situation in North Korea from the following sources: North Korean refugees in China North Korean defectors in third countries Aid workers providing cross-border assistance Today, I would like to address two fundamental concerns regarding the disastrous humanitarian situation of the North Korean people.
The lack of access of the most vulnerable populations in North Korea to international aid The lack of protection and assistance for North Korean refugees. By using the PDS as the distribution channel for assistance, organizations are collaborating in organized government discrimination of its own citizens based on politics instead of needs.
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