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North Korea wants to give candies to kids for Kim Jong Un's birthday, but it's making its citizens pay to produce them: report

Added 12-07-21 03:14:02am EST - “Snacks are typically given to children on the Kims' birthdays, but a massive food shortage this year led officials to impose a tax on ingredients.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “North Korea wants to give candies to kids for Kim Jong Un's birthday, but it's making its citizens pay to produce them: report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Local governments in North Korea are requiring that citizens pay for candy ingredients as the country rushes to manufacture sweets in time for dictator Kim Jong Un's birthday, Radio Free Asia reported, citing two unnamed local sources.

Officials in some areas have imposed a tax on each household so their governments can buy raw confectionary ingredients, such as flour and sugar, one source from North Pyongan Province told RFA. 

The source said that families in some regions have also been asked to donate an egg to the candy-making effort, resulting in egg shortages in markets.

"Residents are angry that the authorities are wiping out the pockets of the people at a time like this to make candy for children, supposedly from Kim Jong Un for his birthday," they said.

The "birthday candy" tradition dates back to the rule of Kim Il Sung, the regime's first dictator and Kim's grandfather, who died in 1994, according to DailyNK. Children receive candy on April 15, Kim Il Sung's birthday, and Kim Jong Il's birthday on February 16. Kim Jong Un's birthday falls on January 8 (though there is dispute about what year).

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