A family in Afghanistan recently sold their daughter so they could avoid starvation.
This comes as the country has been in complete chaos since the Taliban took over the country in August of this year.
According to reports, The Times reporter Anthony Loyd was walking through the bazaar in Kabul’s Jada-e Maiwand area when they spotted a desperate father trying to sell his daughter.
Mir Nazir, a former police officer, moved his family of seven to Kabul with hopes of making more money.
Nazir lost his job in the city of Ghazni just before the Taliban took over the country.
The 38-year-old father was selling his daughter for around AUD $800.
However, he was not getting the price that he liked.
During an interview with Anthony, he said:
I would prefer to die than be reduced to selling my daughter. But my own death wouldn’t save anyone in my family. Who would feed my other children? This isn’t about choice. It’s about desperation. I received an offer from a shop owner, a man I knew who had no children. He offered 20,000 afghanis (AUD$314) for my daughter Safia to live with him and start working in his shop. If I ever get the 20,000 afghanis to buy her back, he said I could. But I can’t sell my daughter for that low a price…we are still discussing. She may have a better future working in a shop than staying with me, and the price may save my family.
Mir also said during the interview that he was thankful that the fighting has stopped in the country.
However, he was concerned that people in the country are currently facing another problem, poverty, which he says is in the same caliber as war.