A desperate Afghan father said he sold his 9-year-old daughter for $ 2,200 to buy food for his other children: report

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A dozen Afghan people run, a woman holds the hand of a child.

People attempt to enter Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan 16 August 2021 Stringer / REUTERS

  • An Afghan father trying to provide food for his family sold his little daughter to a 55-year-old man.

  • Parwana Malik sold for $ 2,200 ($ 2,975), according to CNN.

  • A few years ago, Abdul Malik sold his 12-year-old daughter, also to make ends meet.


An Afghan father said he sold his 9-year-old daughter, Parwana Malik, to a man for $ 2,200 ($ 2,975) to afford food for his wife and other children, CNN reported.

The family has lived in a northwestern province of Afghanistan for years and struggled to pay for basic necessities like food. Together, according to CNN, they earn only a few dollars a day. A few months ago, Parwana’s father sold his 12-year-old sister to make ends meet.

This time, the family was forced to sell another child, again to put food on the table. Parwana’s parents sold her to a 55-year-old for $ 2,200 ($ 2,975), according to CNN.

Parwana’s father, Abdul, is “crushed,” CNN reported. He and his wife tried to borrow money from relatives and beg on the street, but could not find enough. “We are eight family members,” he told CNN. “I have to sell to keep other family members alive.”

Last month, a woman named Saleha said she sold her 3-year-old daughter for $ 550 ($ 744) because, like Malik, she did not have enough money to support herself. When Insider readers heard about Saleha’s story, dozens offered to pay off her debts.

Afghanistan is heading for “universal poverty” following the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country, according to a projection from a UN development agency.

Within a year, the poverty rate in Afghanistan will be as high as 97% or 98%, said Kanni Wignaraja, UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Director.

“Afghanistan is largely facing universal poverty by the middle of next year,” Wignaraja said. “That’s where we’re heading – it’s 97-98%, no matter how you work with these projections.”

The Taliban took over Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops from the region after two decades of trying to rid the country of extremists. In its takeover, the Taliban renamed the country the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, returning to the same name used the last time the regime took power, in 1996. The regime remained in power until 2001, after the United States invaded Afghanistan.

After the United States ousted the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan achieved several development gains, including a doubling of the per capita income. per capita and an increase in the average number of years of education, Wignaraja said.

Over the last two decades, Afghanistan has achieved significant economic gains, which are now in danger of collapsing due to political instability. Afghanistan is facing “a fall in love with local banks” because of the Taliban’s takeover, Wignaraja said. That instability is only exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Biden administration, in an attempt to limit the Taliban’s resources, froze nearly $ 10 billion ($ 14 billion) in reserves at the country’s central bank most of which is allegedly owned by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The move has been criticized for being wrong and will ultimately hurt Afghans more than the Taliban, Shah Mehrabi, a senior board member of Da Afghanistan Bank, told Bloomberg.

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