2 Open Door to N. Korea Georgians Plan Relief Evaluation
Stepzinski, Teresa, The Florida Times Union
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
"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,
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. …