I wrote this awhile ago to appear on World Vision's Stir website.
North Korea's "Dear and Hungry Leader" Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il was born in Siberia in 1941 during his dad, Kim Il-sung's period of exile in the former Soviet Union. But official accounts say he was born in a log cabin at his father's guerrilla base on North Korea's highest mountain - an event marked by a double rainbow and a bright star in the sky. Nice.
His cheerleaders also reckon Jong-il's written six operas in two years and designed the real big Juche tower in Pyongyang, though knockers in South Korea see him as a reclusive playboy with permed hair and platform shoes.
Also he's known as one of the world's great foodies, loving sashimi carved from a live fish and pizza. But no, Kim's got no time for anchovies. Ex presidential chef, Kenji Fujimoto, says he was sent to Iran and Uzbekistan to buy caviar, to Denmark to buy pork, to western China to buy grapes, and to Thailand for mangos and papayas.