Famine facts for kids
Well known famines
- 1816, the Year without a Summer was caused by Mount Tambora erupting. Tens of thousands died.
- The great Irish famine lasted from 1846 to 1849 in Ireland. It was caused by Phytophthora infestans which is a kind of water mould. It killed potatoes, one of the main crops of Ireland at the time.
- In the Holodomor, about 7 million of people starved to death in the Ukraine in 1932 and 1933.
- The Great Leap Forward killed a few tens of millions of Chinese, in what was probably the biggest famine in history.
Images for kids
Feed The World logo designed for Band Aid.
Malnourished children in Niger, during the 2005 famine
Famine-affected areas in the western Sahel belt during the 2012 drought.
Chinese officials engaged in famine relief, 19th-century engraving
Lake Chad in a 2001 satellite image, with the actual lake in blue. The lake has shrunk by 95% since the 1960s.
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