Last night I was listening to a podcast about the Ukrainian Genocide (Holodomor) that took place between 1932-1933.
To be honest, I really knew nothing about this and it wasn't until recently that the term genocide was 'officially' applied to these millions of deaths (The final report of the "International Commission of Inquiry Into the 1932–33 Famine in Ukraine", delivered to the UN Under-Secretary for Human Rights in Geneva on May 9, 1990, concluded that the famine in Ukraine was, in fact, genocide. But it wasn't until March OF THIS YEAR that the parliament of Ukraine and the governments of several other countries recognized the actions causing Holodomor as an act of genocide.).
In one year, over 4 million Ukrainians died (number vary from 4 million to 10 million), mainly due to starvation and diseases that stemmed from extreme malnutrition. Over 3,000,000 children born between 1932-1933 died of starvation.
While the famine was partly a result of terrible weather for crop growth (severe droughts), it was magnified both by complete mismanagement by authorities who were working to implement the new policies of collective farming (significant amounts of grain remained unharvested and a significant percentage was lost during processing and transportation, or spoiled) and by evil Soviet authorities trying to punish Ukrainian nationalists who resisted the policy of collectivization that the Soviet enforced. Documents from this period clearly indicate much higher death rates in areas of the Ukraine where resistance was visible, where food supplies where denied and re-routed to other areas.
For example, on November 8 1933, Molotov and Stalin issued an order stating "from today the dispatch of goods for the villages of all regions of Ukraine shall cease until kolkhozy and individual peasants begin to honestly and conscientiously fulfill their duty to the working class and the Red Army by delivering grain."
Anyways, people interviewed on the podcast told some very gruesome stories, like parents eating babies and rampant typhoid. It was very sad.
You can click here for the Wiki page and click here for a link to actual books on the topic.
On another note, I just started reading this:
Oh, even Ludacris has two sides:
1) Roll Out
2) Runaway Love
Um, the lyrics to Runaway Love are really depressing, each verse is about a different girl getting emotionally, physically, or verbally abused by family,relatives, peers, or community members.