Ol’ Blind Joe

Going Wobbly in Persia

By Stirling Hamilton

OK FOLKS, it’s twenty past one on a Sunday night and I’m not sure if I’m Arthur or Martha, but I’ve gotta get this piece in before daybreak or my name is mud.

One of the little-known chapters of history was the widespread famine in Iran (formerly Persia) during World War I.

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Britain became the main foreign power in Iran and this famine, or more accurately ‘genocide’, was committed by the British.

A document in US archives reporting the widespread famine and spread of epidemic disease in Iran estimates the number of deceased to be 8-10 million during 1917-19, making this the greatest genocide of the 20th century and Iran the biggest victim of World War I.

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