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||Daughter Selling Afghan
- Young Girls Sold as Brides By Desperate Afghan Poor
- Years of War, Drought Force Some to Give Up Daughters
- The young sisters are perky and eager to
play. Zarlaska is 10 and listens intently to all that her parents are saying.
Nabas Gul, 9, is more shy and hides behind her head scarf.
- When the two were just
toddlers, their father needed money to pay off his debts and, seeing no other
source of funds, he sold his daughters to wealthy opium poppy growers who
wanted brides for their sons.
- "I am a poor man, and this is how I can feed my large family,"
- "What else could I do?" he asked with a shrug. Then he added, "Many
others are doing the same thing."
- But what was a custom has evolved into a
market in which men can buy young girls from poor familie
- She found villages where
numerous girls aged 8 to 12 were sold, usually for the equivalent of $300
- She said she personally knew of a 60-year-old
man who purchased an 8-year-old girl, who would be his servant until she
was old enough to become his third wife.
- she treated a girl of about 12 who had been taken as a wife
by an important Taliban minister. The girl, Padwasha said, was
- Away from their parents, Zarlaska and Nabas Gul were asked what they
thought about their marriage arrangements. They listened stone-faced, glanced
around for help, started to giggle and ran away.
- What breaks your heart is the sight of healthy
parents cradling skeletal children.
- "The man eats first, and then the children
and the wife eat together,"
- The risk of being stomped by hippos was one
factor, but another was that carrying water is women's work and tending the
fields is men's work, and this cultural impasse left them stymied
- [women is 2nd class citizens, when
you make a donation to starving kids, you are perpetuating sex discrimination
against women ... like being against slavery but subsidizing the wages of
- Another problem is that food aid solves immediate
problems but adds to the underlying one. U.S. gifts of grain save lives
but also lower local food prices. This reduces incentives for farmers and
leaves them poorer, and thus arguably more vulnerable in the next
- So there are plenty of reasons not to help
the 40 million at risk of starvation in Africa. And yet. . . .
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