South Korean churches ask food aid for North Korea

Food shortage particularly tough on children
A South Korean group of churches has been urging its member congregations and organizations to join a campaign to give North Korean children milk and bread “without any precondition.” The gestures came amid heightened political tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The National Council of Churches in Korea said it would mobilize its churches for “urgent support to people in North Korea in the situation of the present critical antagonistic political arrangement on the Korean peninsula.”

The council said the campaign is the result of discussions in Beijing last March with its North Korean counterpart, the Korean Christian Federation.

The campaign includes a Week of National Reconciliation in June that encouraged churches to have special worship services with prayers for the people of North Korea. Organizers plan to send large sacks of flour and thousands of cans of powdered milk.


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