Pity the father who lost his job, had to sell his daughter to feed his family in Afghanistan

Former police officer Mir Nazir, 38, made the decision because his family was struggling to survive after the country’s economy collapsed under the Taliban takeover.

“My death will not save anyone in my family. Who will raise my children? I have no choice. I am really desperate,” the man said.

Nazir said he can’t even pay rent, let alone food, after losing his police job just days before the Taliban took power and Afghanistan’s economy plunged into a spiral of low exchange rates. record.

The father of five is currently trying to make money as a porter at a market in the capital, Kabul.

“I received an offer from a shop owner, a man I know who is childless. He offered 20,000 Afghanis ($230) for my daughter Safia to live with him and start working. work in his shop,” Mr. Nazir said. “But I couldn’t sell my daughter for such a low price, so I asked for 50,000 Afghanis (about $580).”

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“We are still discussing. She can have a better future working in a store than staying with me, and the money can save my family,” the man said. “We are relieved that the war and the fighting are over, but we are all facing a new enemy: poverty.”

“Don’t think I don’t love the baby I brought into the world and love her, don’t think I’m not distraught at the thought of selling my own daughter – I just have no choice. is different”.

Nazir’s decision comes as the United Nations’ World Food Program warns that a third of all Afghans will go hungry and 2 million children will be malnourished.

The world’s largest humanitarian organization warns: “More than half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line, and food insecurity is increasing, largely due to conflict and insecurity that has made the entire community has no chance to make a living”.

(Theo APA)

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