Afghanistan: Parents sell newborns to eat amid famine crisis

Following the withdrawal of the US military and the Taliban seizure of power, the situation in Afghanistan it has become precarious to very high levels. At present eThere is a serious humanitarian crisis due to the lack of food and medicine, so some families have started to sell in marriage girls as young as 20 days of age to be able to access basic resources.

According to the United Nations Organization and the Human Right Watch organization, the precarious situation in which the Afghans found themselves was further worsened by the macho regime of the Taliban, so famine has affected women much more, since some parents have resorted to selling to the smallest.

Child marriage, a cruel but common practice in Afghanistan

One study holds that child marriages are common in Afghanistan, however, this practice has very serious consequences for girls, who constantly suffer physical and sexual abuse. According to the United Nations for Children (Unicef, for its acronym in English) 28% of Afghan women between 15 and 49 years were married at an age less than 18 years.

These types of links tend to keep the little girls mired in poverty, as they are prevented from going to school or applying for a paid job, so they would be in conditions of “contemporary slavery.” Agencies argue that eThis situation worsened with the arrival of the Taliban, but unfortunately there is no way to document.

In addition, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, almost 9 million people in the country are on the verge of starvation; Another 18.8 million are estimated to have difficulty getting food on a daily basis and this number could rise to 23 million by the end of the year, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

A few weeks ago Germany and the Netherlands announced their willingness to provide assistance to the Asian country, whose authorities assured that they will accept the support and that they will provide the conditions for humanitarian personnel to work.


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