North Korea is running out of food as a bunch of bananas 'now costs $45'
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has warned that North Korea is running out of food. In addition, reports indicate that the prices of everyday goods are increasing to the point ordinary citizens cannot afford them.
Typhoons last year had created enormous food shortages, which has now resulted in grain shortages that the state refers to as a "tense" situation.
A Seoul based news outlet, NK news, reports that in the nation's capital, Pyongyang, 1kg of bananas is now for $45. This would mean one banana would cost $6.90. For comparison, in the UK, the average price for 1kg of bananas is 0.79p.
The BBC reports that because of closing borders, international trade has plummeted for North Korea. China usually supplies the country with fuel, fertiliser, and food.
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that North Korea is down 1.35million tonnes of food this year. This is quite the opposite of what Kim promised when he became leader, where he promised that there would be meat on every table.
Kim is scrambling to cover his back, pointing to the global pandemic as the cause and not his own hubris. But, unfortunately, the people have no choice but to believe him. With little access to international information and state-run media dominating the news cycle, the general public has few options.
North Korea's closed borders have meant aid organisations have had to pull out of the country, leaving the people with only Kim to look out for them. Considering around 3 million North Koreans have previously starved to death, the future is not optimistic.