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North Korea: Daily Rations

A book about North Korea states that the government provided food for loyal citizens. The amount of food they got depended on their job and age.

Every two weeks, soldiers got 600 grams of food and ordinary workers got 450 grams. High school students received 400 grams, children got 300 grams, and the elderly and those under age 3 got 120 grams.

People could try to get more food somewhere else. But the food they got from the government was all they could be certain of getting. Some got sick from a lack of food or from trying to eat tree bark or grass.

Look on a package of rice to see how many grams it contains. Cook an amount close to 300 grams, and eat part of it as a meal. Do you think the amount you cooked would be enough food for two weeks?

(Source: Juche: A Christian Study of North Korea’s State Religion, by Thomas J. Belke. Available from The Voice of the Martyrs at


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