Famine and Food Supply

Archive Report

Chronic Hunger of Half the Word's People

Unknown Proporations of Famine in China

The Foreign Economic Assistance Act of 1950, approved June 5, authorizes the appropriation of $8 million for American relief of starving people in Communist China if suitable arrangements can be made to get food into their hands. While the measure was under consideration in Congress, dispatches from newspaper correspondents at Hong Kong reported that the famine then sweeping most of the eastern provinces might prove the most catastrophic in more than a century. The official Communist radio at Peiping stated, Apr. 15, that 40 million people were affected, and that of these some seven million were “in a most serious plight.” The Nationalist government on Formosa said that 50 million on the mainland ...

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