Thursday, March 12, 2009


The term holodomor or Golodomor means great hunger that caused million of victims throughout the Soviet Union in 1932 to 1933. This great famine affected most major grain- producing agricultural areas of Soviet Union, including Northern Caucasus, Volga Region, South Urals, West Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Millions of people were starved to death because of the Soviet policies that forced farmers into collective farms. It was estimated to about 6 – 8 millions deaths Soviet-wide due to this tragedy, some of those were children. Deaths in Central Russia was estimated to about 2 million, Kazhastan was about 1.7 million, Ukraine – 1.3 million, and North Caucasus – 1 million. The root cause of Holodomor is still a subject of debate. Some have argued that the Soviet policies that caused the famine may have been designed as an attack on the rise of Ukrainian nationalism, and therefore fall under the legal definition of genocide. Others, however, conclude that it was a consequence of the economic problems associated with radical economic changes implemented during the period of Soviet Industrialization. Whatever the caused of this tragedy , we all hope that this tragedy should become a lesson for the the whole world.

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