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What Really Happened in Bangladesh

Washington, Islamabad, and the Genocide in East Pakistan

Author: Harold H. Saunders
July/August 2014
Foreign Affairs


On November 13, 1970, a devastating cyclone struck East Pakistan, a province dominated by the Bengali ethnic group and physically separated from the rest of Pakistan by India. The cyclone killed an estimated 230,000 people, and in its wake, the national government, based in West Pakistan, did too little to alleviate the suffering, further alienating the long-underrepresented Bengalis.

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