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article imageKim Jong-Un sends children sweets to mark his birthday

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 7, 2013 in World
North Koreans are jubilantly celebrating the birthday of their esteemed leader Kim Jong-Un. Kim mobilized the country's airforce to ensure every child under 10 received one kilo of birthday candy to mark the occasion.
Generous leader Kim Jong-Un continued the tradition established in 1980 by his grandfather Kim Il-Sung, of sending sweets to the country's children. January 8, the birth-date of the current dynastic leader, is also a national holiday, allowing the people of the Democratic Republic of Korea the opportunity to celebrate their luck in being ruled by such a benevolent dictator.
Naharnet reported North Korean state controlled media said villagers in outlying islands "exploded with joy" at the confectionery. The arrival of the candy was no doubt an event to celebrate, as the New York Times reported one third of North Korea's under-fives are stunted and malnourished, due to food and medicine deprivation.
Whilst Kim's birthday gesture is undoubtedly generous, it pales into significance in comparison to the largess extended in the days of his grandfather. According to North Korean Economy Watch the quality of the birthday candy has declined. Moreover, Kim II-Sung's birthdays were marked with the gift of "a bottle of liquor, five eggs, two day’s supply of milled rice, 1-2 kg of meat, and cigarettes" to every household.
The new young leader's birthday treat means many young children are sure to look forward to his birthday more than they do their own, which is rather the point of the exercise.
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