North Korea Citizens Told To Eat Terrapin By Kim Jong-un Amid Food Shortages
North Korean citizens have been forced to eat terrapins due to food shortages.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The hermit kingdom has found itself in the grips of famine since tightening its borders even more than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The move has tipped many citizens over the edge into destitution, with millions having already been on the breadline for years due to governmental mismanagement and UN sanctions.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
North Korean trade has been targeted due to leader Kim Jong Un's drive for nuclear weapons.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
In a bid to help its citizens stave their hunger, the government's website Naenara has advised people to eat terrapins.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
"From olden times, terrapin has been used in making haute cuisine for its good taste and abundant nutrient component," the website says, The Sun reported.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
"It has various essential nutrient components including protein, essential amino acid and vitamin efficacious for curing hepatitis, hypertension and other diseases.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
"Its blood, carapace and bone are widely used as materials of Koryo medicines.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
"In particular, its blood is efficacious for diabetes and weak children."
It is recommended that terrapins are served raw or made into broths, stews or porridges.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The North Korean economy is having one of its worst years in recent history.
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