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from Pakistan in 1971 after a nine-month struggle 800 million dollars in aid, including food. Govern for independence. But far from recovering from ments aside, about a hundred private organiza the deadly ravages of war, flood, and famine, little tions-probably the greatest concentration for any Bangladesh each year slides further into poverty country-have extended a helping hand. and despair. "We are a nation," says a Bengali economist, The United States alone has contributed some "that must beg to survive."