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A desperate Afghan father said he sold his 9-year-old daughter for $2,200 to buy food for his other kids

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  • In order to provide for his family, an Afghan father sold his daughter to a 55-year-old man.
  • According to CNN, Parwana Malik was sold for $2,200.
  • To make ends meet, Abdul Malik said he sold his 12-year-old daughter Parwana.

An Afghan father said he sold his 9-year-old daughter, Parwana Malik, to a man for $2,200 to be able to afford food for his wife and other kids, CNN reported.

For years, the family has lived in a northwest province of Afghanistan, struggling to meet basic needs such as food. According to CNN, they earn only a few dollars per day as a group. Parwana’s father sold her 12-year-old sister a few months ago to make ends meet.

This time, the family was forced to sell another child in order to put food on the table. According to CNN, Parwana’s parents sold her to a 55-year-old for $2,200.

Abdul, Parwana’s father, is “broken,” according to CNN. He and his wife attempted to borrow money from relatives and beg on the streets but were unable to raise enough funds. “We’re a family of eight,” he told CNN. “I need to sell in order to keep other family members alive.”

Last month, a woman named Saleha said she sold her 3-year-old daughter for $550 because she, like the Maliks, didn’t have enough money to live on. When Insider readers learned about Saleha’s situation, dozens of people offered to pay off her debt.

According to a United Nations development agency, Afghanistan is on its way to “universal poverty” as a result of the Taliban’s quick takeover of the country.

According to Kanni Wignaraja, UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Director, the poverty rate in Afghanistan will reach 97 percent or 98 percent within a year.

"Afghanistan pretty much faces universal poverty by the middle of next year," Wignaraja said. "That's where we're heading - it's 97-98% no matter how you work these projections."

Following President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops from the region after two decades of trying to rid the country of extremists, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. During its takeover, the Taliban renamed the country the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, reverting to the name used during the regime’s previous reign, in 1996. The regime remained in power until the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

Afghanistan made several developmental gains after the US ousted the Taliban from power in 2001, including doubling per capita income and increasing the average number of years of education, according to Wignaraja.

Afghanistan has made significant economic gains over the last two decades, which are now in jeopardy due to political instability. According to Wignaraja, the Taliban takeover has resulted in a “crunch on local banking.” The pandemic exacerbates this insecurity.

In an effort to limit the Taliban’s resources, the Biden administration froze nearly $10 billion in reserves at the country’s central bank, the majority of which is reportedly held by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to Shah Mehrabi, a senior board member of Da Afghanistan Bank, the move has been criticized as misguided and will ultimately harm Afghans more than the Taliban.

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A desperate Afghan father said he sold his 9-year-old daughter for $2,200 to buy food for his other kids: report|Ph Yahoo News

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