20 Nov '17, 4am

What the parasites in a defector's stomach tell us about North Korea

What the parasites in a defector's stomach tell us about North Korea

The North Korean defector had sped across the demilitarized zone in a stolen jeep, then crawled south as the men who had been his comrades moments ago shot at him with handguns and AK-47 rifles. South Korean soldiers found the defector under a pile of leaves, bleeding from at least five gunshot wounds. He was brought to doctors, who expected to find the soldier in bad shape. But what they also found when they opened him up gave the world a glimpse into just how bad things are in North Korea. Doctors repairing the unidentified soldier's digestive tract found dozens of parasites in his intestines. One of the suspected roundworms was nearly a foot long. "I spent more than 20 years of experience as a surgeon, but I have not found parasites this big in the intestines of South Koreans," Lee Cook-jong, who leads the team treating the soldier, told the Associated Press. Authoritie...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/what-the-parasites-i...

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