U.S. NGOs offer humanitarian aid to N. Korea
SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- Private agencies in the United States have provided North Korea with aid to help its people have access to clean water and medicine, media reports said Friday.
According to the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA), Wellspring, a non-governmental organization in the U.S., sent a large truck to the North earlier this week to support its groundwater development project.
The aid was provided at the request of the North's underground water development research institute, and the lorry was purchased in China, according to the RFA.
Under the vision of "Bringing living water to the people of North Korea," James Linton, who leads the organization, has visited the communist country every year since 2007 to provide training, equipment, and expertise in the field and has drilled some 200 wells across the country.
The Connecticut-based private agency AmeriCares also recently sent medicine, medical devices and food for children worth $370,000, according to the Voice of America.
They are expected to arrive in the North next month to be delivered to hospitals and local clinics in Pyongyang and North Hwanghae, it added.
North Korea has regularly suffered from acute food and medical shortages caused mainly by isolation and natural disasters.