posted on Apr, 4 2013 @ 09:29 PM
The World Food Program and UNICEF reported last year that chronic malnutrition had left 42 percent of North Korean children stunted — meaning
their growth was seriously impaired, most likely permanently. An earlier report by the U.N. agencies warned that there was strong evidence that
physical stunting could be accompanied by intellectual impairment.
South Korean anthropologists who measured North Korean refugees here in Yanji, a city 15 miles from the North Korean border, found that most of
the teenage boys stood less than 5 feet tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. In contrast, the average 17-year-old South Korean boy is 5-feet-8,
slightly shorter than an American boy of the same age.
I get that it's probably going to skew the numbers if you're only sampling refugees, most likely those most affected by famine, but that's still a
pretty shocking difference, especially when you take into account that before WW2 Koreans in what is now North Korea were slightly taller on average.
I found this next part very interesting, and wonder what would actually happen if there were unification.
"This is our nightmare," anthropologist Chung said. "We don't want to get into racial stereotyping or stigmatize North Koreans in any way. But
we also worry about what happens if we are living together and we have this generation that was not well-fed and well-educated."
So pretend that somehow North and South are unified. It does sound like a nightmare for the South. All of a sudden having a huge group of people
with health problems, poor education and most likely low IQs. I can imagine a TON of resentment from South Koreans if the two countries joined. Not
to mention that many in the North probably have some very skewed world views. It seems like a recipe for disaster/war all over again.
It makes a lot of sense to me that the new Glorious Leader is stirring the pot at the moment. I'm sure many quietly whisper that he's too young to
lead, and that the old guard are telling him the more naughtyword he talks, the more aid he'll be able to rake in. Get the people pumped up and
create a common enemy, pretend to be a strong military leader against this enemy and watch people fall in line. Shoot Americans love a President in
war times, imagine if we were fed as much (let's not make little snide remarks) propaganda as it appears the North Koreans are?
I'm all rambly tonight. Sorry. Read the article though, it's interesting.