Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan

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Qandi Gul holds her brother outside their home housing those displaced by war and drought near Herat, Afghanistan. Dec. 16, 2021. Gul’s father sold her into marriage without telling his wife, taking a down-payment so he could feed his family of five children. Without that money, he told her, they would all starve. He had to sacrifice one to save the rest. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

SHEDAI CAMP, Afghanistan (AP) — A woman displaced by war and drought in Afghanistan is fighting to save her daughter.

Aziz Gul’s husband sold their 10-year-old into marriage without telling his wife, taking a down payment so he could feed his family of five children. Without that money, he told her, they would all starve.

Afghanistan’s destitute are increasingly turning to such desperate decisions as the country spirals downwards into a vortex of poverty.

The number of Afghans facing acute food shortages has increased 37% since April, the ICRC says, while 3.2 million children under 5 are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year.

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