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In North Korea the child death rate is between 60 and 90 per thousand, ten times higher than in Europe. Hospital have no heating in the winter, when temperatures go below -15 and no cooling in the summer, when is over 40 degrees. Windows and doors can hardly be closed. What is worst, there are no medicines. Following the devastating famine of the mid-nineties population is chronically undernourished , and is an easy prey for any kind of disease. According to official figures, 17 per cent of the women giving birth to a child weigh less than 45 kg, a condition labeled dangerous by the World Health Organization. Indipendent sources claim that it could well be three times higher. A situation much worst than in Sub-Saharian Africa.
Wonsan, Kangwon Province, North Korea. A North Korean mother look at her newborn child in a room at the Maternity Hospital.
- Susetta Bozzi
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