The Afghan mother is said to have been forced to sell her child so her family could survive a drought in the war-torn country. Parents in an Afghanistan town told CNN reporters they had been forced to sell their children, some of whom are as young as four, in order to buy food. Families fleeing an unprecedented drought had been forced to take the horrific step of selling their own children.
ne mum, Mamareen, told CNN her six year-old daughter was now owned by another man in the shanty town they live in.
Mamareen’s husband was killed in the war and she lost her home to climate change.
She was forced to sell her daughter for £2,340 ($3,000) with the man who bought her promising her for his ten-year-old son.
Mamareen told CNN: ”I fled my village with my three children because of severe drought.
“I came here thinking that I will receive some assistance, but I got nothing. To avoid starvation among my children, I gave my daughter to a man for about $3,000, but have only got $70 so far.
“I had no money, no food and no breadwinner – my husband was also killed.”
She added: “She doesn’t know that I have sold her. How would she know? She is a child. But I had no other choice.
“Whether in tears or laughter, she will have to go. Who would sell a piece of her heart unless they really have to?”
Najmuddin, the man who bought her daughter, lives in a tent just metres away.
He believes it was an act of charity.
Najmuddin said: “Her family didn’t have anything to eat. They were hungry.
”I know I am also poor, but I am sure I can pay it off slowly… in two to three years.”
He also fled the drought that has scorched western Afghanistan.
Wheat crops failed and his family were unable to grow melons, Najmuddin told reporters.
He added: “We lost our livestock. The sheep, cows and goats all died of hunger as there wasn’t fodder for them.”
Another man admitted he sold his four-year-old daughter to raise money after he took out a loan.
He said: “I had no other choice, I had no money and no source of income.
“The man came here and gave me two options: either to pay back his money or to give him my daughter. I went with the latter.”
In Afghanistan culture, girls have traditionally been swapped for dowries rather than being asked for consent.
The horrific accounts comes as Taliban control of Afghan territory leaps to 45 percent.
Record civilian casualties have also torn through the troubled country, with the
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recorded 5,122 civilian casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injuries) between January and June 2018.