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1943 Bengal Famine

In 1943, during World War Two, Bengal in British-run India was hit with a severe shortage of food. Following the Japanese occupation of Burma, the Allied forces had halted the movement of food in the region. No one knows how many people died but estimates range between 3 and 5 million people.
Professor Rafiqul Islam was a child in Bengal at the time. He spoke to Witness about the little-known famine that claimed so many lives.

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