It was confirmed that the North Korean authorities provided gifts to children on Kim Jong-il’s birthday (February 16, propagated as Gwangmyeong Seongjeol) despite the’corona economic crisis’.
On the 16th, a source in North Hamgyeong said in a call with Daily NK on the 16th, “On the 14th, on the 14th in Hoeryeong City, on the occasion of Gwangmyeongseong Day (79th anniversary), confectionery and school supplies were supplied as holiday gifts to elementary schools and kindergarten children in the city.” It is much more shabby and the residents are surprised.”
Looking at the photo of the gift secured through the source, the confectionery gifts supplied to all children included candy (1 bag), confectionery (2 bags), soybean roe candy (1 bag), and mouth rice gangjeong (2 pieces).
In addition, school supplies include various pencils (72), erasers (8), crayons (12 colors), watercolor balls (12 colors), neutral pen (2), wonju (ballpoint pen, 3), pencil sharpener (pencil sharpener) , 1), pencil case (pencil case, 1), various rulers (4), and school supplies box (school supplies case, 1).
Here, it is said that school supplies were supplied only to children going up from kindergarten high class to elementary school. This is a part of the feeling that the situation was not easy enough to not be able to prepare enough supplies.
However, the authorities inscribed the phrase “a gift sent by my father, Marshal Kim Jong-un, who respects Gwangmyeong Seongjeol” on the gift statement. It is interpreted with the intention of trying to unite the residents by emphasizing the point that’The Marshal’s love for children remains unchanged’ despite economic difficulties.
The source said, “I feel the desperate feeling that’I still have to give something on the birthday of the predecessor.’
In this regard, North Korean authorities said they could not supply even a bottle of alcohol to the residents.
A source said, “The fact that it is the nation’s greatest holiday, only to propagate but not provide supplies shows that the economic situation in Korea (North Korea) is not good,” said a source. ‘A voice of criticism comes out,” he introduced the local atmosphere.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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