“The Humanitarian Situation in North Korea” by Kim Hartzner
21 October, 20:00 - 22:00
On June 12th, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met America President Donald Trump in Singapore. This was the first meeting ever of the leaders of the two countries, which have been at odds with each other since the end of the Korean War. The conflict, between the small communist regime and the world’s most powerful country, has mostly been centered around the DRPK’s nuclear weapons project. Because of the risks open conflict bring with it, the conflict has mostly been fought using sanctions, making North Korea one of the most isolated countries in the world, almost completely cut off from the world economy. Most news coverage of the conflict centeres around the nuclear conflict, with the humanitarian impact of the sanctions being overlooked. This Monday, we will take a closer look at this situation, as we will be joined by Dr. Kim Hartzner, of the Mission East NGO.
Mission East is one of the only humanitarian organisations which is operational in North Korea, with Dr. Hartzner as Managing Director. Dr. Hartzner is the son of Rene Hartzner, who founded Mission East. He has a Ph.D. in medicine and has been involved in helping the sick and poor for almost 3 decades.