Forum for Korea (2011): Food for North Korea
Die Lee Myung-Bak Regierung hat von Anfang an jede humanitäre Hilfe für Nordkorea verweigert. Der KNCC jedoch ist fest entschlossen zur Nahrungsmittelhilfe. Er schrieb deshalb am 21. 2. 2011 an den Präsidenten den folgenden Brief:
Notice from KNCC:
23. Februar 2011
Dear friends of the Ecumenical Forum for Korea,
Warm greetings from Seoul!
Expressing our sincere thanks to your continuous concern, prayer and support on peace issue of the Korean peninsula, I am pleased to inform you that the National Council of Churches in Korea(NCCK) has decided to send food to people in North Korea who are in severe difficulty with escalating food shortage especially in March and April due to the lack of food product as well as wrote a letter to the President, Lee Myung-bak. At the same time both churches in South and North Korea have agreed to hold worship service commemorating the Independent Day (Liberation from Japanese Colony on March 1st) on February 27th, 2011 in each country.
Since the beginning of the Lee Myung-bak government, even humanitarian aid to North Korea on people's level has not been approved. Therefore the NCCK, acknowledging of the critical situation, declared its firm decision and the NCCK's letter to the President, Lee Myung-bak, on the pubic on 21st of February, 2011.
I am humbly asking you to join in our prayer march and our effort to send food to people in North Korea. The text of the NCCK letter to the President, Lee Myung-bak, is in the below.
You could also see the full text and its Korean version in our webpage (http://ecuforumkorea.org).
Thank you very much again for your prayer.
Letter to the President, Lee Myung-bak
President Lee Myung-bak,
We pray that God's Grace be with you and your ministry.
Expressing our deep regret on the situation of escalating tension between the two Koreas and of cutting off dialogue, exchange and cooperation, the National Council of Churches in Korea(NCCK) which has been praying and working for peace, reconciliation and well-being of people on the Korean peninsula prays for reopening of dialogue and cooperation based on the spirit of agreements and joint statements by South Korea and North Korea for improving their relationship.
All churches and member Christians belonging to the NCCK believe that dialogue and cooperation on people's level, especially of religious groups should be continued and humanitarian food aid to people in North Korea who are suffering from serious food shortage should be resumed even in this stagnant situation of dialogue and cooperation between the two Koreas.
Receiving the news that many people in North Korea in this severely cold winter and with food shortage is loosing lives and worsening their health and there will be more lives starving in March and April due to lack of food products, the NCCK has decided to support food through the Korean Christian Federation in North Korea and is ready to submit its approval to the Unification Ministry.
We firmly believe that humanitarian aid to North Korea must be carried out in any case because we are sure that supporting people in need in any circumstance is the spirit of the Red Cross and to support people with food in North Korea who are starving is our faithful commitment as Christians.
As we regard turning away our face from and being indifferent severe economic problem and the suffering of people of North Korea as obstacles in building of peace system and national peaceful reunification, we urge you, the President, for your decision on the following demands and for allowing our humanitarian support program to North Korea:
1. We as concerned Christians demand that humanitarian food aid and medical support on the government level for lives and health of people in North Korea should be resumed.
2. We demand that humanitarian food aid and medical support on people's level should be approved if one on the government level is not affordable due to the present stringent North and South relationship.
3. In the case of delaying food sending at the Inchon port due to the government's disapproval, we notify that we are going to send food as humanitarian support through international organizations or the third countries. We ask your understanding of our decision because we cannot left alone offerings and donations from Christian members aiming supporting people in North Korea while we stand by and look on them dying of hunger in the great difficulty.
February 21st, 2011
Rev. Kim Young Ju
General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Korea