A body riddled with bullets and parasites. After a life-risking dash across Korea's Demilitarized Zone on Monday, a badly wounded North Korean soldier is in stable condition after a second round of surgery in the South. Six bullets have been removed from the man who was shot by his own countrymen as he scrambled to flee the Kim regime.
Doctor say he live but the internal damage is severe and shocking. Made waste by the dozens of parasites inside his organs, one as long as ten inches. As which as George Smith report from Seoul, it's a graphic insight into food hygiene and diet in North Korea.>> This is linked in many cases to the continued use of human waste as fertilizer there.
Over the years, the North Korean government has struggled to provide a resource enough chemical fertilizer for farmers that are Kim Jong-un himself has in the past pushed for farmers to use more human waste among other sources to fertilize their farms.>> Another indicator of poor nutrition is the discovery of corn inside the soldier's stomach.
The grain is a cheaper substitute for rice.>> When North Korea struggles to meet the food needs of its people or its crops fail, they often increase their imports of corn from China. Earlier this year, there was the worst drought since 2001 and we saw a major increase in corn imports from China.
>> Experts say the grains and parasites are signs of ill health and poor nutrition that have plagued North Korea for decades. In the words of one South Korean surgeon, in my 20 year career, I've only seen something like this in a textbook.