Remembering the Horror of Holodomor

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I was reading a couple of articles off the Internet and stumbled upon this one. I have no words to explain what I suddenly felt after reading the pronouncements indicated in that particular page. In fact, I was a little disturbed.

I didn’t know that there was such an incident such as this. The horrific events that transpired in the holocaust and what I watched in Schindler’s List was already a tough reminder of the inhuman things that was done at this era. I did not know that there was a supposed other great one that happened in the 30’s.

The Soviet Union was a gigantic super power in the Cold War era. I was aware of some Stalin made occurrences which I read from college literatures but it was not described as graphic as this. Even if the holodomor was an incident brought upon by nature in that region, the number of deaths indicated seems to be far from justified proportions. Imagine the 6-8 million peasant deaths during the famine of 1932-1933; I just couldn’t believe someone would just leave them to perish in that condition for a year. I just wish they realize the value of human rights before implementing industrialization in those regions. I guess this was the reality they faced when communism prevailed in this part of the world. I hope the independent states now try to work out a better system rather than fighting over rights on Natural Gas transport because a lot of people are suffering now not just in the former Soviet states but in the rest of Eastern Europe. The need for action is now in my honest opinion.


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