Families in Afghanistan being forced to sell their children to pay off debts

Whereas while under Taliban rule in the 1990s, Afghanistan was the main safe haven and operational headquarters of international terrorist organisations, in particular al‑Qaeda, responsible for numerous barbaric terrorist attacks targeting civilians in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and America, and for the deadliest terrorist attack in human history on 11 September 2001 in the United States, in which almost 3 000 people of more than 90 nationalities were killed.

The Afghan army and security forces were unable to mount an effective defence and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country; whereas the Taliban established full control over the country and re-established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

A US-led evacuation of over 110 000 people from Afghanistan took place in August 2021 without coordination by the international community; whereas the United States and the international community managed to airlift to safety over 120 000 at-risk Afghans, local staff of diplomatic missions and military contingents, and foreign nationals within the space of two weeks in August 2021. Horribly for those who helped the allied forces, an estimated 150‑170 000 Afghans who worked with the international community over the past two decades have been left behind, their lives in peril.

U.N. warns that 95% of Afghans aren’t getting enough to eat as winter approaches

Now the country is facing an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe; whereas there are severe shortages of food, water and medicines, there are 18.4 million Afghans needing humanitarian support, including 14 million who were already food insecure.

Though the European Commission has announced an increase of humanitarian aid to over EUR 200 million for those inside the country and those fleeing, lots of Afghanis can not pay for their daily food.

The drought, which made local goods rare and very expensive, and the upcoming winter are circumstances likely to even further exacerbate the current socio-economic and humanitarian crisis; whereas the logistical and security situation is further hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Afghans have fled to neighbouring countries, joining the estimated 3-4 million Afghan refugees already living there, mainly in Iran and Pakistan. The EU has expressed concerns over the composition of the interim government, noting that an inclusive and representative government – which the interim government is not – is an essential benchmark for EU engagement. The EU has made available large amounts of humanitarian and development aid and is hoping to establish a diplomatic presence on the ground in Kabul. The EU is also planning to set up a regional platform for cooperation with Afghanistan’s neighbours on issues including population flows from Afghanistan, terrorism, organised crime and drugs.

Afghan families suffering from poverty could not even find daily food to feed their children. Many children suffer from diarrhoea due to not getting enough protein, also hunger and malnutrition in children cause dark circles around the eyes and fatigue.

Dr Mohammed Emin Sharifi, head of the malnutrition department of Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, stressing that the health situation of children across the country is in danger, calls on the international community to help Afghanistan.

The foreseen aid from Europe has to reach the local population. As the country’s economy teeters on the brink of near-total collapse, families have to find solutions to safeguard their little children. With the financial system and trade paralysed after the Taliban takeover, prices for basic food items like flour and oil have doubled since mid-August. For some of them, it looks better to sell their children so that they would come in a better environment, and that the rest of the family receives some extra money to keep them going.

One destitute mother, who earns just 50p or 70 cents a day working as a housecleaner in the western city of Herat, owes £400 or $550 to a man she borrowed money from to feed her family.
The woman, identified as Saleha, has been told by the lender he will write off the debt if she sells him her three-year-old daughter Najiba, reports The Wall Street Journal.

If Saleha, 40, does not pay the debt back in three months, her daughter will be moved out of her family home to work in the lender’s house before she is married off to one of his sons when she reaches puberty.

Saleha, whose much older husband doesn’t have any work, her case is not an exception, other families in Herat have also been forced to sell their children in order to repay their debts, residents said. Many do not know what they will eat in the morning, at noon or in the evening.

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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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