Hungry Afghans Sell Young Girls Into Marriage
The Morning Standard|October 27, 2021
War and drought force families to sell their daughters in order to put food on the table

QALA I NAW, BADGHIS

FAHIMA has wept many times since her husband sold their two young daughters into marriage to survive the drought gripping western Afghanistan. Oblivious to the deal, six-yearold Faristeh and 18-month-old Shokriya sit by her side in a mud-brick and tarpaulin shelter for displaced people.

“My husband said if we don’t give away our daughters, we will all die because we don’t have anything to eat,” Fahima said of the choice now facing thousands of Afghan families.

“I feel bad giving away my daughters for money.”

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