Two Families in Herat Sell Their Children Due to Poverty

The mother of the children speaks of compulsion with a throat full of griefs and teary eyes, saying that she has decided to save the lives of her six children from death out of extreme poverty.

Sakhi Murad and Abdul Khaliq came to Herat from Ghor and Badghis provinces. Due to poverty, the two fathers have decided to sell their children for money. Sakhi Murad moved to Herat two years ago due to war and insecurity in the village of Chehelgazi in the Dolina district of Ghor province. He now lives without shelter in the Jalilabad area of Karkh district of Herat province.

Speaking to Hasht-e Subh, Sakhi Murad said he had seven daughters and a son who sleep hungry at night. Murad added that he has decided to sell his four-year-old daughter to treat sick children and provide food for the rest. “I took my four-year-old daughter to the city last week, trying to sell her for one hundred thousand afghanis, but a few people agreed to buy my daughter for less,” the father explained.

The mother of the children speaks of compulsion with a throat full of griefs and teary eyes, saying that she has decided to save the lives of her six children from death out of extreme poverty.

One of Sakhi Murad’s children says he loves his sister very much, adding that they asked the Taliban to help them not to lose her sister.

A relative of Sakhi Murad also confirms that Murad’s family is in absolute poverty, adding that they will perish if not taken care of by the Taliban-led government and responsible institutions.

Abdul Khaliq, a resident of Jund district in Badghis province, who moved to Herat due to extreme poverty, also said he was selling all his children to escape poverty. He came to Herat city from Badghis to save his children from starvation but is still homeless and hungry here.

Meanwhile, human rights advocates have expressed concern about the spread of poverty and child trafficking, saying that the current situation is plunging Afghanistan into a major crisis.

Human rights activist Marzia Ahmadi called the sale of children an insult to human dignity and in violation of international conventions and values, calling on the international community to address the plight of families in Afghanistan.

She added that if the spread of poverty is not stopped and the World Food Program and the United Nations do not act promptly, Afghanistan will face a humanitarian catastrophe in the coming winter. The human rights activist described the human rights situation in the country as catastrophic, adding that Afghanistan is in a state of famine and humanitarian crisis and needs immediate attention.

Hoda Khamoush, a women’s rights activist, also told Hasht-e Subh that the sale of girls is catastrophic and that responsible institutions and families should pay attention to it.

Marjan Amiri, a human rights activist, blames the dismissal of working women for poverty, stressing that the Taliban should no longer spread poverty in Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued last week by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, some families in Afghanistan had offered even their 20-day-old daughters for future marriage in return for a dowry.

The United Nations has previously warned of widespread poverty and hunger in Afghanistan; A challenge that has never been taken seriously by the Taliban.

On the other hand, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, member states and the United Nations are obliged to provide a safe environment for the children. Now, however, it is not clear how the Taliban-led government adheres to international treaties and agreements.

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