1959-61 Great Chinese Famine
Though debatable, the Great Chinese Famine as it is called and historically known as is also termed as a social catastrophe that claimed nearly 40 million lives. A famine that the world had never seen before.
This famine was claimed to be ‘man-made’ and was an after-effect of the ‘Great Leap Forward’ that the Chinese government was tirelessly and mindlessly working on. The intent was to surpass the developed countries like the UK and the USA’s success in record time.
The government forced the farmers to quit farming and work in mines and industries instead. Continued food exports during this catastrophe worsened the country’s socio-economic situation.