Horrific photos recall Vietnamese Famine of 1945

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Seventy years ago, photographer Vo An Ninh captured the horrific images of Vietnamese people in a great famine that may have killed up to 2 million people in the north.
Officially known as the Vietnamese Famine of 1945, the famine lasted from October 1944 to May 1945 in northern Vietnam during the Japanese occupation of French Indochina in World War II.
The French administration, and later the Japanese occupation force, shifted Vietnam's agricultural focus from sustenance to war-materials.
Military and economic changes, coupled with natural disasters such as droughts and floods destroying northern crops, caused mass starvation across much of Northern Vietnam.
The demographics vary from French estimates of 600,000-700,000 dead, to official Vietnamese numbers of 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 victims.
During the famine’s peak in March 1945, people from other provinces flocked to Hanoi, the capital city, with a hope to find food. The dead bodies of starved people piled up on the Hanoi streets. 
The photos, taken by late photographer Vo An Ninh, can be found at the Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi.

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