In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, there are many touching stories about the loving care of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un for children.
Jong Hang Myong is the son of an officer of the Korean People’s Army on Jangjae Island far away from the land.
One early morning in August Juche 101 (2012), Kim Jong Un got aboard a small wooden boat to inspect a KPA unit defending the island.
While meeting the officers and men and their families in cheers of “Hurrah!”, he saw a woman carrying a baby. He took the baby from her and held it aloft. It was Jong Hang Myong.
In March next year, Kim Jong Un inspected the island again, and dropped in at the boy’s house, presenting him with a gift in congratulation of his first birthday.
People call Hang Myong “a blessed child on Jangjae Island” as he has grown up under the care of the national leader.
He is now studying at Mangyongdae Revolutionary School.
On January 1, Juche 104 (2015), Kim Jong Un visited the Pyongyang Baby Home and Pyongyang Orphanage.
He said to the officials there that after wishing the lovely children across the country a brighter future in his New Year’s Address, he wanted to see the children of the Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage more than anyone else.
On hearing that it was lunchtime, he went into the dining room of the baby home to see them.
At that time, a commanding officer of the KPA, who was standing on the left of the room, saluted him. Kim Jong Un asked what brought him there.
Listening to him that he came to congratulate the children on New Year’s Day and learn about their living, Kim Jong Un praised him and said: It is a good thing that excellent conditions for bringing up and educating orphans have been arranged, but what is more pleasant is the fact that a climate of living in harmony while helping and leading one another forward has prevailed throughout society as never before.
One June day in Juche 110 (2021), Kim Jong Un met with leading officials of the WPK Central Committee and provincial Party committees of the WPK.
He said: The periods of children at nursery and kindergarten are of great importance in their growth and development. It is needed to properly control nutrition management in their infancy, but it is all the more important to do it particularly in their weaning period at nursery as well as in the days at kindergarten. In order to fulfil their responsibility and duty before the people, officials should feed children of nurseries and kindergartens goat or cow milk.
A few days later, the Third Plenary Meeting of the Eighth WPK Central Committee was held, and it established it as the Party’s policy to supply all children across the country with dairy products and other nutritious foods at the state’s expense.
At the meeting Kim Jong Un stressed that there is no more important revolutionary undertaking than that of bringing up children, the future of the country, to be strong and sound and that it is the most important policy and supreme cherished desire of the Party and the state to provide more improved conditions for raising them even by investing huge sums of money.
In February the following year, the Law of the DPRK on Childcare was adopted, laying a legal guarantee for the state to take responsibility for providing children with dairy products and other nutritious foods for free and on a regular basis.