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Starving Afghan Mother Forced to Sell 18-Month-Old Daughter into ‘Marriage’

Crisis in Afghanistan laid bare

 on 27th October 2021 @ 12.00pm
 my husband said if we don   t give away our daughters  we will all die because we don   t have anything to eat © press
'My husband said if we don’t give away our daughters, we will all die because we don’t have anything to eat'

An Afghan woman and her husband reportedly sold their two young daughters, one who was just 18 months old, into "marriage" because they desperately needed money to buy food.

AFP reported:

“Fahima has wept many times since her husband sold their two young daughters into marriage to survive the drought gripping western Afghanistan."

“Oblivious to the deal, six-year-old Faristeh and 18-month-old Shokriya sit by her side in a mud-brick and tarpaulin shelter for displaced people."

Fahima said;

“My husband said if we don’t give away our daughters, we will all die because we don’t have anything to eat."

 fahima   s eldest child commanded a bride price of  3 350 and the toddler  2 800 © press
Fahima’s eldest child commanded a bride price of $3,350 and the toddler $2,800

“I feel bad giving away my daughters for money,” she admitted.

According to AFP, Fahima’s eldest child “commanded a bride price of $3,350 and the toddler $2,800 — to be paid in installments over several years until the time comes to join their new families, their future husbands still minors themselves."

Though child marriage is common in Afghan culture, increased hardship and famine have pushed families to sell their children into marriage.

“Village and displaced people’s camp leaders say the numbers of young girls getting betrothed started to rise during a 2018 famine and surged this year when the rains failed once more,” AFP reported Tuesday.

“Among farmers driven from their homes, AFP journalists quickly found more than a dozen families who felt forced to sell their daughters into marriage,” the news agency added.

The World Food Program (WFP) wrote:

“More than half the population of Afghanistan – a record 22.8 million people — will face acute food insecurity from November."

though child marriage is common in n afghan culture  increased hardship and famine have pushed families to sell their children into marriage © press
Though child marriage is common in n Afghan culture, increased hardship and famine have pushed families to sell their children into marriage

“In rural areas, the severe impact of the second drought in four years continues to impact the livelihoods of 7.3 million people who rely on agriculture and livestock to survive,” according to WFP.

Afghanistan’s food crisis has been escalated after the Taliban terror group seized control of the country following Joe Biden's decision to pull U.S troops.

Additionally, a fund blockage by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and financial freeze caused Afghanistan to suffer from an acute shortage of U.S. dollars.

“With no new shipment of dollars arriving to shore it up, the local currency, afghani, has crashed to record lows, sending prices soaring. Prices of staples like flour, oil, and rice have risen by as much as ten percent-20 percent in a few days,” DW observed on August 24.

“[T]he Taliban, by preventing women from working and stopping girls in grades 7-12 from going back to school, are setting the ideal conditions for violence against women,” Heather Barr, the co-director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, told the Diplomat on October 12.

Neon Nettle reported earlier this year; the Taliban was “going door-to-door” and abducting girls as young as 12 years old to become “sex slaves” for jihadi fighters.

An earlier report by Bloomberg noted:

“An inside source suggests that Taliban leaders are attempting to kidnap and forcibly marry women."

“[T]he Taliban are going door-to-door in some areas, compiling lists of women and girls aged between 12 and 45 years for their fighters to forcibly marry,” Bloomberg reported on August 9.

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