The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is getting worse day by day, and the talk is not about the lack of lunch and insecurity, but the situation there has reached the point where some families offer their children for sale, only to meet their food needs in light of the cessation of humanitarian aid after the Taliban took control of the government.
An Afghan family offered their children for sale due to extreme poverty and the difficult conditions that have become surrounding families in Afghanistan.
In this video, an Afghan grandmother talks about offering her two granddaughters for sale, and the tragedy is that no one has come forward to buy.
In a dilapidated house in the Dora Qazi district of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, the Samimi family is struggling to survive.
After exhausting all means, Grandmother Rohshana Samimi had no choice but to offer these grandchildren for sale, the goal being to provide for her basic needs and save the children from starvation.
The grandmother, as a tenant, lives with her two sons, daughter-in-law, and 6 grandchildren, including 4 daughters, in a house that lacks the most basic necessities of life.
The grandmother says: “A week ago, my two granddaughters offered for sale for $2,200 for the older one, and $1,100 for the younger one, but no one has bought either of them yet. We are hungry and no one helped us during this period, even our relatives didn’t help us, I wish I had received help so that I wouldn’t have to to sell my grandchildren.
As winter approaches, Grandma Rochana’s fears grow more and more.
The grandmother adds, “Winter is approaching, I have to sell my two granddaughters to buy food and clothes for my other grandchildren. We don’t even have money to pay the rent for this dilapidated house we live in.
And the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse since the Taliban took over power.
Meanwhile, as Afghanistan plunges more and more into its economic crisis, with high unemployment and a dearth of cash, many Afghan families are desperately searching for a way out to drive away the specter of hunger.
While some Afghans sold their homes or even their cars, others did not find a way but to sell their young daughters or even marry them off!
In a village in the west of the country, a father sold his two young daughters, 6-year-old Farisha and Shukria (one and a half years only), so that the family would not die of starvation after being displaced due to drought.
The two girls were recently sold to two families of minors, who will become their wives in the future. The two families offered about $3,350 for the first-born girl, and $2,800 for her sister.
Once the two payments are completed, which may take years, the two girls will have to bid farewell to their families and the camp for the displaced in Qal’at Nu, the capital of Bagdis province, to where the family, who comes from a neighboring province, sought refuge.
In turn, Sabera, 25, took food from the groceries on debt, and the shop owner threatened to “imprison” her family members if they did not pay the amount owed.
But the family could not find a way to pay its debts except by selling their three-year-old daughter, Zakira, to be married later to Zabihullah, the son of the grocer. However, her future father-in-law decided to wait for the girl to grow up to take her.
The same applies to Gul Bibi, who confirmed that she had sold her eight or nine-year-old daughter Ashu to a 23-year-old man who owed his family a sum of money.
While the man is currently in Iran, Gulbibi fears the day he will come to take Asho, saying, “We know this is not good…but we have no choice.”
These stories are normal.
But it seems that these stories have become too ordinary for the thousands of families, most of whom have been displaced due to drought, from the region, which is considered among the poorest in the country, according to Agence France-Presse.
About 15 families from the aforementioned camp confirmed that they had to sell their young daughters for sums ranging from $550 to nearly four thousand dollars, in order to survive.
In addition, representatives from the camp and the towns explained that this practice has become widespread, and they have counted dozens of cases since the drought that hit the region in 2018, and the number has increased with the drought this year as well.
Despite the spread of this tragic phenomenon, most mothers suffer from both, and it has become like a path of endless torment.
They also talk about their hearts being crushed as a result of abandoning their loved ones, but what can they do for the thousands who drowned in merciless hunger!
It is noteworthy that, according to a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued in 2018, 42% of Afghan families have a married daughter before she reaches the age of 18