"There have been reports of an increase of homeless people in large cities - including kotjebi (street children), and medicine prices have reportedly skyrocketed. An increasing number of families eat only twice a day, or eat only corn, and some are starving," he said in a statement.
Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP), told a Geneva news briefing that the humanitarian situation in North Korea "remains bleak", with some 10 million, or 40% of the population, needing humanitarian aid.
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