2 Open Door to N. Korea Georgians Plan Relief Evaluation

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BRUNSWICK -- An official with a private humanitarian

organization based in Brunswick will journey to North Korea --

despite its crackdown on foreign travelers -- to help evaluate

relief efforts in the famine-ravaged country.

Mark Mosley, relief director for MAP International, is

scheduled to leave today from Jacksonville along with a Georgia

physician specializing in international refugee health programs.

The North Korean government waived its recent martial law

restrictions -- which have left other foreign visitors including

relief workers stranded or banned from entering the country --

to allow the visit, MAP spokesman Michael Nyenhuis said.

MAP International is a non-profit Christian relief and global

health organization that provides medicines, medical supplies

and other assistance to disaster victims worldwide.

It works with such organizations as Mercy Corp., World Vision,

International Red Cross, Salvation Army and Food for the Hungry

in the humanitarian aid efforts.

Mosley said the delegation's mission is two-fold: to assess the

effectiveness of MAP's past relief efforts in North Korea, and

to determine the country's future needs for medicine, hospital

supplies and related humanitarian aid, especially in rural

hard-to-reach provinces.

"The health care system in North Korea is in collapse and dire

need of outside assistance, especially now that travel into the

country is being kept at a minimum," Mosley said.

Mosley will hand-deliver five cartons containing $20,000 worth

of medicines and medical supplies to clinics across North Korea,

Nyenhuis said.

Brenton Burkholder, chief epidemiologist for International

Emergency and Refugee Health Programs at the Centers for Disease

Control in Atlanta, will accompany Mosley. Burkholder is a

former consultant for the U.S. government on health intervention

in North Korea, Nyenhuis said.

"By teaming up with Dr. …

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