The Worst Famines in History

A famine is a widespread shortage of food. This is accompanied by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and an increase in mortality. Here is the list of the worst famines to date:

1) Giant Leap Forward Famine - This famine occurred from 1959 to 1962. It was under the Chinese Communist Party led by Mao Zedong in the People’s Republic of China. This famine is said to of caused the deaths of 20,000,000-43,000,000 people.

2) Soviet Union Famine - From 1932 to 1933, there was a famine in the Soviet Union. This was under the leadership of Joseph Stalin. It is said that 6,000,000-10,000,000 people lost their lives due to this famine.

3) Bengal Famine - In India, in 1943, around 4,000,000 people were killed because of this famine under the leadership of Winston Churchill.

4) Iraqi Famine - From 1990 to 2003, in Iraq, it is estimated that 1,000,000-3,000,000 people were killed as a result of this famine.

5) Great Irish Famine - This is one of the most widely known famines in history. From 1846 to 1849, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, this famine took the lives of 500,000-2,000,000 people.

The question to ask after all of this is, “Were these famines stoppable?” and “What can we do to prevent these from happening in the future?”

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