Members of the Socialist Women’s Union of Korea (SWUK) in North Hamgyong Province were recently ordered to cook chicken soup with ginseng (samgyetang) dishes with 200 chickens they had collected and send the dishes to locally deployed “capital party member divisions.”

These divisions were recently deployed throughout the country to help repair roads and houses damaged by typhoons.

A source in the province told Daily NK earlier today that the order, which came from the province’s party chairman, was handed down on Sept. 21 and came on the heels of a directive by North Korea’s central authorities to “support” capital party member divisions throughout the country.

Specifically, the ordered directed provincial, municipal and county SWUK organizations to gather around 200 “black chickens” weighing “more than 1.8 kilograms” for the soup dishes, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Daily NK.

Some SWUK members privately criticized the provincial party for the “ridiculous” specificity of the order, the source said.

According to the source, SWUK organizations in the province generally found it difficult in to acquire chickens 1.8 kilograms or larger, and they found it close to impossible to gather black chickens.

Some SWUK organizations that failed to gather black chickens ended up just gathering white chickens that met the weight specifications, the source said.

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