Desperate Afghan dad tries to sell his daughter for £420 to keep his other children from starving under the Taliban rule

Desperate Afghan dad tries to sell his daughter for £420 to keep his other children from starving under the Taliban rule



An Afghan dad has revealed he is prepared to sell his four-year-old daughter for £420 to feed the rest of his family.



Mir Nazir, a former police officer, is one of millions in the country facing a hellish life under the Taliban.



As their country’s currency collapses and prices soar, many have resorted to selling everything they own in a bid to stay alive.



Nazir, 38, is now faced with the heartbreaking decision to sell his daughter to a childless shopkeeper in order to feed the rest of his family.



He has been bargaining with a shop owner to sell the child in the Jada-e Maiwan market in Kabul, Nazir to The Times of London.



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."



Nazir said he cannot even afford rent let alone food after losing his job as a police officer just days before the Taliban took over, sending Afghanistan’s economy spiraling into near-record low exchange rates.



He continued: "I received an offer from a shop owner, a man I knew who had no children."



"He offered 20,000 afghanis for my daughter Safia to live with him and start working in his shop.



20,000 afghanis are equivalent to just $230 in the US.



"But I can’t sell my daughter for that low a price, so I asked for 50,000," he said, which would be around $580 or £420.



"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."Latest Post
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