Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — A four-year-old boy looks straight into the camera. His eyes are dull, his tiny legs crossed underneath him. Choi is an orphan, severely malnourished and too weak to stand.
This is just one of the heartbreaking sights captured on film by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as they traveled around North Korea last month delivering aid to the most needy.
The most deprived are children — WFP estimates a third of those under the age of five in North Korea are severely malnourished and says it will only worsen, if more aid is not delivered soon.
A pediatric hospital in South Hwanghae province sees a steady flow of young patients. The footage shows health care workers pulling on the mottled, loose skin of a crying child’s stomach and another child on an intravenous drip. Many are suffering from diarrhea and skin disease from drinking polluted water.