Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Holodomor: Killing by Hunger

Just learned about this today... never heard of this specific event before.  Putting it here to remember:

From Wikpedia:

The Holodomor (UkrainianГолодомор, 'Морити голодом', literal translation Killing by hunger) was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR between 1932 and 1933. During the famine, which is also known as the "terror-famine in Ukraine" and "famine-genocide in Ukraine",[1][2][3] millions of Ukrainians died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine.[4]

Early estimates of the death toll by scholars and government officials varied greatly; anywhere from 1.8[5] to 12 million[6] ethnic Ukrainians were said to have been killed as a result of the famine. Recent research has since narrowed the estimates to between 2.4[7] and 7.5[8] million. The exact number of deaths is hard to determine, due to a lack of records,[9][10] but the number increases significantly when the deaths inside heavily Ukrainian-populated Kuban are included.[11] The demographic deficit caused by unborn or unrecorded births is said to be as high as 6 million.[9] Older estimates are still often cited in political commentary.[12]
As Beck and Stu explained and simplified the story, which warrants further research to confirm, the Soviets demanded ever increasing food production from the Ukrainian people, to ship it to the motherland to feed the Russian people, that the Ukrainians did not have enough to feed themselves.  When the Ukrainians began resisting, the Russian troops rolled in and took the food out of the kitchens of the homes and shot anyone who tried to steal it back.  In their discussion, some 7 million died.

What prevents people from being absolutely barbaric to each other?  Is there anything to restrain them from their impulse to dominate and feed off of someone else?