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North Koreans work in a field on the outskirts of Pyongyang on an early spring day, but their efforts annually fall way short of meeting the needs of the country's 24 million people. According to a U.N. report, the lack of food is particularly dire for children younger than 5. Not getting the food they need leaves many stunted and malnourished. (Associated Press)

North Koreans work in a field on the outskirts of Pyongyang on an early spring day, but their efforts annually fall way short of meeting the needs of the country's 24 million people. According to a U.N. report, the lack of food is particularly dire for children younger than 5. Not getting the food they need leaves many stunted and malnourished. (Associated Press)

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