Starvation is a severe deficiency in caloric energy, nutrient and vitamin intake. It is the most extreme form of malnutrition. In humans, prolonged starvation can cause permanent organ damage and eventually,death. The term inanition refers to the symptoms and effects of starvation.

According to the World Health Organization, hunger is the single gravest threat to the world’s public health.  The WHO also states that malnutrition is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality, present in half of all cases.  Six million children die of hunger every year.  Figures on actual starvation are difficult to come by, but according to the FAO, the less severe condition of undernourishment currently affects about 925 million people, or about 14 % of the world population. (from wikipedia)

US prisoners of war, Germany World War II.  (Image from Library of Congress)

This is Private Joe Demler of the US Army, he was a guest of the Third Reich for barely 3 month before being liberated in April 1945. 

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