Hunger forces Afghans to sell young daughters into marriage

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Even before foreign aid was stopped under Taliban rule, the crisis-ridden Afghanistan has now suffered a new drought. More than half of the country’s population has been affected by it. The situation has become so bad that the poor people of Afghanistan are forced to sell their daughters to avoid starvation.

According to an AFP report, girls being sold at a young age in the name of marriage to avoid starvation are being priced between Rs 2 and 2.5 lakh. In western Afghanistan, a woman named Fahima told that her husband had sold her 6-year-old and one-and-a-half-year-old daughters. The eldest daughter was valued at $ 3350 (about Rs 2.5 lakh), while in exchange for the younger girl, she got $2800 (about Rs 2.1 lakh). This money is also not given in lump sum, but the families who buy the girl child will pay it in installments.

Fahima said, on my protest, the husband said that if we do not sell the daughters, we will all die, because there is nothing left to eat. She told that the husband of her daughters is also a minor.

According to another report, a woman from a village in western Afghanistan also sold her newborn daughter for $500 to raise food for the rest of the children. Now that woman has been paid $250. The rest of the money will be given after the girl learns to walk.

Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis, is badly hit by the drought. Villagers say that during the famine in 2018 there was an increase in the number of young girls getting married. Due to lack of rain this year, once again the cases of selling girls have increased.

The UN’s World Food Program last Monday warned of the onset of starvation in Afghanistan. The World Food Program had said that from November, more than half of Afghanistan’s population, ie about 25 million people, will face a crisis of arranging bread for one time.

Abdul Rahim Akbar is providing bread or other food items to the poorest people in the camp of the poor in Kala-e-Naw. He has appealed to the local Taliban administration over several cases of daughters being sold because of starvation, but the Taliban’s local governor, Maulvi Abdul Sattar, told AFP that child marriage was not a Taliban problem.

Maulvi Sattar said that behind such marriages, it is not the power of the Taliban but the poor economy. He has blamed the deteriorating economy on the US, which has banned the Afghan government from handing over foreign currency to the Taliban.

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