Published on May 2nd, 2012
VOM workers talk to North Koreans who escape from their country. Many in North Korea are poor and do not have enough food, so they seek food in other countries. One North Korean said, “Corn gruel is the usual meal to most North Korean people. They grind dried corn into powder to make corn gruel.”
If you want to try corn gruel, thoroughly mix ¼ cup of corn flour (not corn meal or corn starch) in ½ cup of water. Add the mixture to 2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and continue stirring for another minute or two to make the gruel smoother. Let it cool a bit before scooping it into bowls to eat. You may want to add honey, sugar, cinnamon, or other ingredients to make the gruel tastier; however, North Koreans often do not have extra ingredients.
People who escape are also hungry for information about God. The leaders want the citizens to depend on the government for all their needs, not God.
VOM provides Bibles and Christian materials to North Koreans who have found their way to other countries.