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To this end Becker goes into great detail describing the situation faced by the peasantry during the years of the Great Leap Forward. The peasants were forced to resort to eating anything that they could get their hands on. Many simply died in the streets, too weak to continue on they just laid down and never rose. The vicious officers of the local party branch squeezed every drop of food out of the people. If they caught someone hoarding food they were severely beaten, and even chewing on the unprocessed grain in the fields could result in cruel disciplinary action. The peasants were forced to rely upon the communal kitchens established by the state, which proved little more than watery soup. While the actions of the party were certainly harsh, barbaric even, the effect it had on the
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populace was even more gruesome. The peasants were forced to resort to cannibalism, stealing meat from the freshly dead, or even worse killing infants or family members for food. The most
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