Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Afghanistan… Daughter sold to strangers to buy food

The life of people in Afghanistan has only gotten harder since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August. The country has been facing hardships with the new government and has been going through economical collapses. Hunger is one of the other factors that is now worsening in the country and many families are forced to give up even their life on this issue.

The humanitarian crisis has been deepened and the number of families selling their children has also increased. A 9-year-old young girl Parwana Malik is the latest added to the list. She has been sold to a stranger as a child bride. 

When Parwana heard about the news, the laughter that she always kept on her face faded away. She was hurt and couldn’t say anything about her parent’s decision as she know that her parents had no other choices.

The man who wants to buy Parwana says he’s 55, but to her, he’s “an old man” with white eyebrows and a thick white beard, reported CNN. She worries he will beat her and force her to work in his house.

Parwana’s family started living in Afghanistan four years ago and they were struggling to meet their daily needs. They were working for minimal wages and feeding their family, but time changed their fate where they became unable to afford basic necessities like food. Abdul Malik, Parwana’s father, already sold her 12-year-old sister several months ago. 

Parwana on the other hand had a dream of becoming a teacher and didn’t want to give up her education. But her requests were in vain. The amount that was meant for the little young girl is 200,000 Afghanis (about $2,200) and it was in the form of sheep, land, and cash to Parwana’s father.

Her send-off from the house was dramatic where the girl tried to plunge back hardly. Parwana dug her feet into the ground and tried to pull away but her hardships didn’t help her, she has been pulled out of the house and dragged into the car.

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Similar situations have been on the rise in Afghanistan when the Taliban took control of the country. Although marrying off children under 15 is illegal nationwide, it has been commonly practiced for years, especially in more rural parts of Afghanistan. And it has only spread since August, driven by widespread hunger and desperation. 

According to a United Nations report, more than half the population is facing acute food insecurity. Moreover, food prices are soaring, banks are running out of money and workers are going unpaid.