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Afghan family sells infant daughter for KSh55,000 to stave off hunger pangs

In Summary

  • Shortage of food drove the family into executing the desparate move.
  • Afghanistan has been tittering on the verge of collapse since the Taliban took over.

In an incident that highlights the deteriorating status in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, a family was forced to sell their daughter for $500 (KSh 55,575) to raise money for food.

The BBC reports that the buyer promised to raise the girl, who would in future get married to his son. “He paid $250 (KSh28,000) up front, enough to feed the family for a few months, and will pay the rest when he returns to collect the baby ‘once she can walk.” 

The child’s distraught mother said she readily accepted the offer to save her daughter and siblings from starving.

“At the moment we don’t have food at home. We don’t have cooking oil or even flour. My daughter does not know what awaits her in the future. I don’t know how she feels about my decision but I had to,” the girl’s father, who works as a garbage collector is quoted as saying.

The infant girl sold for KSh55,000. A BBC reported traveled to a village outside Herat and spoke to the family. PHOTO/BBC

Reports from a public hospital in Herat, the country’s third-largest city indicate that one out of five infants succumbs to starvation and malnutrition every day.

Before the Taliban take over in September this year, Afghanistan was dependent on overseas aid for some 40 per cent of its GDP. This aid was subsequently halted with the removal from power of the Western-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani.

The US U.S. Federal Reserve, The International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the German government are among those who froze aid to Afghanistan, thus ameliorating the situation.  

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