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Father begs man "please don't beat her" as he sells his 9-YO daughter to feed the rest of his family

Antonia 09/11/2021

The father already sold his 12-YO girl daughter earlier. If things go the same way, he will have no choice but to consider selling his 2-YO.

A father from Afghanistan lay sleepless at night, feeling guilt and shame over having to sell his 9-year-old daughter to a 55-year-old man. The "broken" father, Abdul Malik, said he had no choice but to sell the little girl so that the rest of his family could be fed.

"We are eight family members," he told CNN. "I have to sell to keep other family members alive."

The father had already sold his 12-year-old daughter before deciding to sell 9-year-old Parwana Malik because his family couldn't afford even basic necessities. Abdul had desperately tried to search for work in the provincial capital city of Qala-e-Naw but he couldn't find anything. He had also borrowed "lots of money" from relatives while his wife, out of desperation, began begging for food.

Finally, the only choice Abdul felt he had was to sell Parwana. And the money he gets will only put food on their tables for a few months. Then once again, Abdul will have to worry about how his family will survive.

Ahead of the sale, the little girl said, "My father has sold me because we don't have bread, rice, or flour. He has sold me to an old man."

To her, the buyer named Qorban is just an "old man" with a thick white beard and white eyebrows, who is tearing her away from her family. Parwana is forced to leave behind the life she knows and join the man as well as his two wives.

On October 24, Qorban visited Abdul's house and was ready to take Parwana home. In exchange for the little girl, he gave the father 200,000 Afghanis (about $2,200) in the form of sheep, land, and some cash, according to CNN.

"This is your bride," Abdul said as he handed his child over to the man. "Please take care of her -- you are responsible for her now, please don't beat her."

Parwana helplessly stood there, dressed in a black head-covering while a colorful floral garland hung from her neck. She whimpered as her weeping father begged the man not to beat her or cause her any harm.

Right after Qorban agreed, he clutched the reluctant little girl's arm and took her out of the house. She began digging her feet into the ground, trying to pull away from the man and the new life she was forced to step into. But Qorban dragged her all the way to the car while Abdul watched from the doorway as his daughter disappeared.

"(Parwana) was cheap, and her father was very poor and he needs money," Qorban said. "She will be working in my home. I won't beat her. I will treat her like a family member. I will be kind."

Unfortunately, the fate of Parwana is similar to many young girls, who have been sold by their starving families to survive in Afghanistan.

"Day by day, the numbers are increasing of families selling their children," said Mohammad Naiem Nazem, a human rights activist in Badghis. "Lack of food, lack of work, the families feel they have to do this."

In a few months' time, Abdul is worried that he will once again have to struggle to feed his family after the money from selling Parwana runs out.

Looking at the bleak future, the father said, "...Our future is destroyed. I will have to sell another daughter if my financial situation doesn't improve -- probably the 2-year-old."

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