WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Children in Afghanistan are being sold by their own parents so they can feed other family members.
- This practice started happening after the country experienced a four-year drought that devastated their harvest.
- One widow said she sold “a piece of her heart” when she traded her daughter to a man for $3,000 so she can save her other children from starvation.
Some Afghan parents are selling their own children to so other family members can survive. According to a report, a drought that lasted four years wiped away their harvest and pushed people to leave their homes without any money.
The United Nations reported that over 275,000 people have been displaced by the dry spell in the western city of Herat, Afghanistan. The unforgiving drought has ruined agriculture in the region, driving families to sell their children for sustenance, CNN reported.
Mamareen, an Afghan woman who lost both her husband and home, was left with no choice but to sell her daughter for financial gain.
Compelled, the widow sold her daughter for $3,000 to a man named Najmuddin. CNN reported that Najmuddin bought Mamareen’s daughter for his 10-year-old son, Sher Agha.
“I fled my village with my three children because of severe drought. I came here thinking that I will receive some assistance, but I got nothing,” Mamareen told CNN.
“To avoid starvation among my children, I gave my daughter to a man for about $3,000, but have only got $70 so far,” she continued.
The mother of three said she had “no money, no food and no breadwinner.”
It was her last resort, she said.
“Who would sell a piece of her heart unless they really have to?” Mamareen justified her action.
Najmuddin, on the other hand, believes he acted out of good will.
“Her family didn’t have anything to eat. They were hungry,” Najmuddin man told CNN. “I know I am also poor, but I am sure I can pay it off slowly… in two to three years.”
As per the report, the drought has caused crops to fail, meaning no fodder to feed the livestock. Eventually, sheep, cows, and goats have all died.
To pay off debt, another man admitted to selling his 4-year-old daughter.
He said that the man he owed money to came to his house and gave him two options: “pay back his money or give him my daughter. I went with the latter,” he told CNN.
Source: New York Daily News