Caritas Seeking Aid for People of North Korea

HONG KONG, AUG. 25, 2003 ( Caritas International has renewed its appeal for aid to the people of North Korea.

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Tensions caused by the Pyongyang government’s nuclear program have led to a drastic cut in funds for aid to the people, who are facing health problems and hunger, Caritas sources said.

In June, Caritas-Hong Kong, in charge of the aid, and Caritas-Korea, the main financial supporter of the assistance to North Korea, sounded the alarm.

Kathi Zellweger, director of cooperation of Caritas-Hong Kong, said the organization has received only 30% of the $2.67 million needed this year to finance humanitarian aid for North Koreans.

If the funds don’t arrive, «the price will be paid by the most vulnerable, such as children in orphanages, the sick and pregnant women,» she warned.

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