Bangladesh famine of 1974


Bangladesh famine of 1974

Possibly over a million people died in the Bangladesh famine of 1974, from July 1974 to January 1975, although the Bangladesh government claimed only 26,000 people died.

The causes are generally thought to be a combination of natural disasters (cyclones, droughts and floods) in the early 1970's, combined with various local and internationally influenced socio-political factors which followed the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.ref|banglapedia

Among the socio-political factors, Devinder Sharma of the Global Hunger Alliance claims that::"At the height of the 1974 famine in the newly born Bangladesh, the U.S. had withheld 2.2 million tonnes of food aid to 'ensure that it abandoned plans to try Pakistani war criminals'."ref|sharma

However, the support is based on second hand accounts, and the webpage with the supposed evidence is no longer available.

ee also

*Bengal famine

Notes

# http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/F_0015.htm
# [http://www.globalhunger.net/sharma2.html Famine as Commerce, by Devinder Sharma]


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