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  • 'Humanitarian Aid for NK Should Continue'
  • [2013-05-08, 18:20:24]
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  • The head of a South Korean charity group says that humanitarian aid for North Korea should continue regardless of political conditions.

    Stephen Linton, who heads the Eugene Bell Foundation, held a news conference on Wednesday in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province on his recent trip to the North.

    Linton visited eight medical centers in Pyongyang from April 18th through last Saturday to deliver medication that will treat 500 tuberculosis patients in the North.

    In the news conference, he said that at least five thousand cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis are reported every year in North Korea. However, the North can only afford to treat about 500 to 600 of those patients.

    Stressing the need for continued humanitarian aid for the North, Linton said that the highly contagious disease has no border and that aid projects to fight diseases are needed for South Korea to prepare for a reunification of the two Koreas.
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