The famine and the feast

People set candles at the memorial dedicated to the victims of the Holodomor famine during a ceremony in Kiev. Ukraine marked 80 years since the Stalin-era Holodomor famine, one of the darkest pages in its entire history that left millions dead and which is regarded by many as a genocide.—Photo by AFP
People set candles at the memorial dedicated to the victims of the Holodomor famine during a ceremony in Kiev. Ukraine marked 80 years since the Stalin-era Holodomor famine, one of the darkest pages in its entire history that left millions dead and which is regarded by many as a genocide.—Photo by AFP
A displaced Congolese woman sleeps as she leans against a wooden structure, during a food distribution excercise conducted by humanitarian agencies at a camp for the internally displaced in Mugunga.—Photo by AFP
A displaced Congolese woman sleeps as she leans against a wooden structure, during a food distribution excercise conducted by humanitarian agencies at a camp for the internally displaced in Mugunga.—Photo by AFP
People displaced by recent fighting in eastern Congo queue to receive aid food in Mugunga IDP camp outside of Goma. Heads of state from Africa's Great Lakes region on Saturday urged rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo's turbulent east to stop expanding their war and leave the town of Goma which they captured this week.—Photo by Reuters
People displaced by recent fighting in eastern Congo queue to receive aid food in Mugunga IDP camp outside of Goma. Heads of state from Africa's Great Lakes region on Saturday urged rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo's turbulent east to stop expanding their war and leave the town of Goma which they captured this week.—Photo by Reuters
The signs above read "Greedy Christmas" and "Red Mulled wine". A vendor serves hot wine at the traditional Christkindelsmaerik (Christ Child market) near Strasbourg Cathedral. Held annually since 1570, Strasbourg's Christ Child Market , known as the oldest French Christmas market, will be held untill December 31.—Photo by Reuters
The signs above read "Greedy Christmas" and "Red Mulled wine". A vendor serves hot wine at the traditional Christkindelsmaerik (Christ Child market) near Strasbourg Cathedral. Held annually since 1570, Strasbourg's Christ Child Market , known as the oldest French Christmas market, will be held untill December 31.—Photo by Reuters
Displaced Congolese volunteer to offload sacks of maize-flour during a food aid distribution exercise at a camp for the internally displaced in Mugunga.—Photo by AFP
Displaced Congolese volunteer to offload sacks of maize-flour during a food aid distribution exercise at a camp for the internally displaced in Mugunga.—Photo by AFP
A woman prepares bread baked in a traditional wood-fired oven in Tripoli. The woman bakes the bread everyday for her own consumption but mostly for her to sell at $0.80 per slice.—Photo by Reuters
A woman prepares bread baked in a traditional wood-fired oven in Tripoli. The woman bakes the bread everyday for her own consumption but mostly for her to sell at $0.80 per slice.—Photo by Reuters
An Iraqi policeman, deployed to secure a Shia neighbourhood of Baghad, helps preparing food for pilgrims ahead the Muslim holiday of Ashura.—Photo by AFP
An Iraqi policeman, deployed to secure a Shia neighbourhood of Baghad, helps preparing food for pilgrims ahead the Muslim holiday of Ashura.—Photo by AFP
Seven-year-old Duverlus Glavionex leans on a sack to help hold himself up as he poses for a portrait inside his home's kitchen as he waits for his grandmother to come home in the rural area of Kenscoff, Haiti.—Photo by AFP
Seven-year-old Duverlus Glavionex leans on a sack to help hold himself up as he poses for a portrait inside his home's kitchen as he waits for his grandmother to come home in the rural area of Kenscoff, Haiti.—Photo by AFP
Chinese consumers sample food from Taiwan during a Taiwanese food fair as the demanded for imported food becomes more common in Beijing.—Photo by AFP
Chinese consumers sample food from Taiwan during a Taiwanese food fair as the demanded for imported food becomes more common in Beijing.—Photo by AFP
Volunteer inspect boxes of donated food and supplies at an Occupy Sandy distribution Center in New York City. Sections of Staten Island were hard hit by flooding from Superstorm Sandy.—Photo by AFP
Volunteer inspect boxes of donated food and supplies at an Occupy Sandy distribution Center in New York City. Sections of Staten Island were hard hit by flooding from Superstorm Sandy.—Photo by AFP
Glavionex (R) said he and his brother (L) live with their grandmother who works in a field all day growing carrots and potatoes to sell, and that they eat one meal per day, usually rice.  The UN in Haiti says 1.5 million people remain at risk of not having proper access to food in 2013 due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters.—Photo by AP
Glavionex (R) said he and his brother (L) live with their grandmother who works in a field all day growing carrots and potatoes to sell, and that they eat one meal per day, usually rice. The UN in Haiti says 1.5 million people remain at risk of not having proper access to food in 2013 due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters.—Photo by AP
While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie.—Photo by AP
While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie.—Photo by AP

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Cyrus Howell
Nov 25, 2012 01:28pm
Ukrainian women wrapped their babies in blankets and threw them into box cars of passing railroad trains headed toward the cities in hopes that others might have mercy and feed and rescue them. Eight million Ukrainians may have died. The Russian Army simply took away all of the food and wheat harvests from the Ukrainian farms when they refused to be a part of the Soviet farm collective. "It wasn't personal. Just business."