Injured defector’s parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea


FILE PHOTO: A North Korean flag flutters on top of a tower at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, August 26, 2017.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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North Korean flag flutters on top of a tower at the propaganda
village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near
the truce village of Panmunjom

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Reuters


By Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – Parasitic worms found in a North Korean
soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection,
highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have
plagued the isolated country for decades.

At a briefing on Wednesday, lead surgeon Lee Cook-jong displayed
photos showing dozens of flesh-colored parasites – including one
27 cm (10.6 in) long – removed from the wounded soldier’s
digestive tract during a series of surgeries to save his life.

“In my over 20 year-long career as

Article source: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-injured-defectors-parasites-and-diet-hint-at-hard-life-in-north-korea-2017-11

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