In October 2011, Bangkok-based photographer Damir Sagolj traveled with Alertnet, a Thomson Reuters Foundation’s humanitarian news service, and Médecins Sans Frontières to North Korea, at the request of the regime’s Economy and Trade Information Center. After six months on standby, the group was granted a tightly controlled week-long trip into the South Hwanghae region, the country’s rice-bowl, to report on a growing food crisis. They gained access to collective farms, orphanages, hospitals, rural clinics, schools and nurseries rarely or never seen by the media.
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