US non-profit rescues Afghan child bride, 9, who was sold to 55-year-old man in forced marriage because her father needed money for food

Asia's Tech News Daily

Parwana Malik was sold for the equivalent of £1,600 to a stranger by her fatherAfter an outcry, a US-based charity helped secure her freedom two weeks laterHer buyer Qorban has been forced into hiding after a backlash in his community

A nine-year-old girl who was sold by her father to a 55-year-old man as a child bride in Afghanistan has been rescued by a charity.

Parwana Malik was sold for the equivalent of £1,600  in land, sheep and cash to a stranger named Qorban so her father Abdul Malik could pay for food in the Taliban-ruled nation.

Parwana had cried day and night before her sale, begging her father instead to go to school to become a doctor. 

The horrific deal drew international outrage with all 24 female senators in the US pushing President Joe Biden to take action to prevent child marriages in Afghanistan.

A US-based charity, Too Young to Wed, helped free the girl from the barbaric arrangement and her siblings and mother were moved from their camp to a safe house in Herat – the first time they had even been in a real home after living in tents.

A nine-year-old girl (pictured) who was sold by her father to a 55-year-old man as a child bride in Afghanistan has been rescued by a charity

A nine-year-old girl (pictured) who was sold by her father to a 55-year-old man as a child bride in Afghanistan has been rescued by a charity

Qorban was also forced into hiding after a backlash among his own community.

Parwana’s father has admitted he has faced heavy criticism and was forced to change his story to locals in a bid to save his reputation.

The nine-year-old was returned to her family two weeks after the sale but the £1,600 debt is still owed to Qorban. 

The non-profit’s founder Stephanie Sinclair told CNN: ‘This is a temporary solution. Really what we’re trying to do is prevent girls being sold into marriage.’ 

After her rescue, Parwana said: ‘I am really happy. They rid me from my husband and my husband is old.’ 

Parwana’s mother Reza Gul said she tried to stop the sale but her husband insisted. 

She said: ‘Of course, I was angry, I fought him, and I cried. He said that he didn’t have any option.’ 

Parwana's buyer Qorban (right), who only has one name, arrived at the family's home with the payment to give her father Abdul (left) the payment

Parwana’s buyer Qorban (right), who only has one name, arrived at the family’s home with the payment to give her father Abdul (left) the payment 

The family will stay in the safe house throughout winter and be supported by the charity. 

Marriage under the age of 15 is illegal worldwide but is commonly practised in many parts of the world, particularly in rural Afghanistan.

The situation has become much worse since August when the Taliban seized power, with families driven to desperation.   

Parwana’s buyer Qorban said at the time of his deal it was his ‘second marriage’ and insisted he would treat her well.

Parwana and her family had been living in an Afghan displacement camp in northwestern Badghis province for the past four years. They have survived on humanitarian aid and work which earns them around £2 a day. 

But since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, the country’s economy is on the brink of collapse and international humanitarian aid has been put on hold – and the effects are deeply felt by families such as Parwana’s who cannot buy basic goods such as food.

Abdul was forced to sell Parwana’s 12-year-old sister months ago to help his family survive.

Parwana, her small face peeping out from her pale pink hijab, told CNN previously: ‘My father has sold me because we don’t have bread, rice or flour. He has sold me to an old man.’ 

Parwana's father (pictured) has admitted he has faced heavy criticism and was forced to change his story to locals in a bid to save his reputation

Parwana’s father (pictured) has admitted he has faced heavy criticism and was forced to change his story to locals in a bid to save his reputation

Her father Abdul said he was ‘broken’ with guilt at the sale of his daughter and was unable to sleep at night.

He said he had searched for unsuccessfully for work and borrowed money from relatives – with his wife even begging other camp residents for food – but nothing worked.

Abdul, who felt he had no choice but to sell Parwana to help his family survive, said: ‘We are eight family members. I have to sell to keep other family members alive.’

A weeping Abdul told Qorban at the handover: ‘This is your bride. Please take care of her. You are responsible for her now, please don’t beat her.’  

Qorban agreed before grabbing Parwana’s arm and led the small child towards the door, with her father watching on.

As they reached the door, Parwana struggled and dug her feet into the ground – but her efforts were futile as she was led away to a car and to her new home.

Qorban insisted he would look after Parwana as his child and said he had a wife already. 

‘[Parwana] was cheap, and her father was very poor and he needs money,’ he told CNN. ‘She will be working in my home. I won’t beat her. I will treat her like a family member. I will be kind.’


But Abdul said he has no power over what happens to his daughter now and recalled: ‘The old man told me, ‘I’m paying for the girl. It’s none of your business what I’m doing with her, that’s my business’.’ 

He added: ‘As I can see, we don’t have a future – our future is destroyed. I will have to sell another daughter if my financial situation doesn’t improve – probably the two-year-old.’    

Another child being forced into marriage is Magul, a 10-year-old girl, who is being sold to a 70-year-old man to help pay off her family’s debts of 200,000 Afghanis (£1,600).

‘I really don’t want him,’ Magul said as she wiped tears away. ‘If they make me go, I will kill myself. I don’t want to leave my parents.’ 

The buyer, who has not been named by CNN, has taken Magul’s father, Ibrahim, to Taliban-run prison and threatened to send him to jail for not repaying the money. 

Ibrahim, who said he would pay the money within a month, has run out of time. 

He said: ‘I don’t know what to do. Even if I don’t give him my daughters, he will take them.’ 

Gul Afroz, Magul’s mother, said: ‘I’m praying to God these bad days pass.’

Magul, aged 10, spends her days crying as she waits for the day she is sold to a 70-year-old man to help her family pay off their debts.

Magul, aged 10, spends her days crying as she waits for the day she is sold to a 70-year-old man to help her family pay off their debts.

Another nine-member family in Ghor province are selling their four-year-old and nine-year-old daughters as their disabled father is unable to work.

He told CNN he will sell the girls for 10,000 Afghanis (£800) each. 

Zaiton, the four-year-old daughter, said she understands why she must be sold.

‘Because we are a poor family and we don’t have food to eat.’

The girls’ grandmother Rokshana is distraught and said: ‘If we have food and there is someone to help us, we would never do this. We don’t have any choice.’   

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, the country’s economy is on the brink of collapse. 

Families in Afghanistan are being forced to sell their children to pay off debts, as the country's economy teeters on the brink of near-total collapse. Pictured: Women and their children wait for healthcare in Helmand province

Families in Afghanistan are being forced to sell their children to pay off debts, as the country’s economy teeters on the brink of near-total collapse. Pictured: Women and their children wait for healthcare in Helmand province

That has seen the value of its currency collapse even though hard notes are in short supply, while prices for basic goods have soared due to shortages, with the UN warning that food could run dangerously low soon. 

It has led to the chief of the UN to warn that Afghanistan is facing a ‘make-or-break moment’ as he urgently appealed to countries to inject cash back into the Afghan economy, which before the Taliban takeover in August was dependent on international aid that accounted for 75% of state spending. 

Afghanistan is grappling with a liquidity crisis as assets remain frozen in the U.S. and other countries, and disbursements from international organizations have been put on hold.

The effects of the economic collapse could prove lethal for the country where a third of the population survives on less than £1.50 per day.

It has meant an increasing number of families are turning to the illegal practice of selling their children under the age of 15. 

A girl collects food and recyclable materials through garbage near the airport in Kabul on September 21, 2021

A girl collects food and recyclable materials through garbage near the airport in Kabul on September 21, 2021

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

‘It’s absolutely cataclysmic,’ said Heather Barr, associate director of the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch. ‘We don’t have months or weeks to stem this emergency. We are in the emergency already.’ 

Many girls in Afghanistan are out of school – and the Taliban have not said when they might be allowed back.

‘As long as a girl is in school, her family is invested in her future,’ said Barr. ‘As soon as a girl falls out of education, then suddenly it becomes much more likely that she’s going to be married off.’

Once a girl is sold as a child bride, she is extremely unlikely to continue her education and many are forced to have unconsensual sex with their buyers.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va.

A letter, led by Sens. Shelley Capito and Dianne Feinstein, says that ‘American disengagement from Afghanistan puts at risk hard-won gains for Afghan women and girls’

Local Taliban leaders in Badghis said they are planning to distribute food to families. ‘Once we implement this plan, if they continue to sell their kids we will put them in jail,’ said Mawlawai Jalaludin, a spokesperson from the Taliban’s Justice Department.

But the humanitarian crisis stretches across Afghanistan and affects at least 18 million people, or half the country’s population. Many are now left to collect plastic bottles to recycle or sell to earn enough money for food. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to countries to inject cash back into the Afghan economy after humanitarian aid has dried up.

There is mounting frustration among experts who argue that holding back international aid is not affecting the Taliban – but the poor.

Isabelle Moussard Carlsen, head of office at UNOCHA, told CNN: ‘By not releasing the (development) funds that they are holding from the Taliban government, it’s the vulnerable, it’s the poor, it’s these young girls who are suffering.  

Last month, a letter, led by Sens. Shelley Capito and Dianne Feinstein, said ‘American disengagement from Afghanistan puts at risk hard-won gains for Afghan women and girls.’ 

‘Women and girls are now suffering the predations of a Taliban regime with a track record of brutalizing, isolating, and denying them life and liberty. Taliban leaders who promised that women would be treated well under the new government are not upholding those commitments,’ the letter reads. 

The senators note that women are now the victims of targeted beatings and are banned from leaving home without a male chaperone. 

Where some 3.5 million girls were in school in Afghanistan last year thanks to the American-backed government led by Ashraf Ghani, the Taliban has indefinitely suspended secondary school for girls.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Soccer-Barcelona's Umtiti to undergo foot surgery

(Reuters) – Barcelona’s France defender Samuel Umtiti will have surgery on Tuesday for a foot injury suffered in training, the club said. © Reuters/ALBERT GEA FILE PHOTO: LaLiga – FC ... Read more »

New Arsenal signings can secure Mikel Arteta's Champions League vision amid Tottenham struggles

Arsenal have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the past five seasons. A club this size belongs amongst Europe’s elite and for a whole host of reasons they ... Read more »

Opinion: Signing 22-y/o could prove to be a great long-term investment by Sheffield Wednesday

Following a brief slump in form which resulted in back-to-back defeats in League One, Sheffield Wednesday got back on track in League One last weekend by securing an impressive 4-2 ... Read more »

It's 11 years since Ryan Babel was fined £10k for tweet of Howard Webb in a Man Utd shirt

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel hardly had a massive impact during his time at Anfield, managing just 12 Premier League goals in his four years on Merseyside. The Dutchman did ... Read more »

New Look posts 'gorgeous' outfit but shoppers can't see past one weird blunder

There are some fashion essentials that every human being can’t go without. For most, undergarments will probably top the list of must-haves in any functioning wardrobe. But in some cases, ... Read more »

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson vents frustration with fans on Twitter

Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was forgettable for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson. Johnson had two key drops on third downs that stalled Steelers drives and on ... Read more »

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaks silence after being sent home early from AFCON

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has broken his silence after being sent home early from the African Cup of Nations by Gabon. The 32-year-old was given special dispensation to depart for AFCON earlier ... Read more »

Fresh claims made about Aston Villa and blockbuster transfer

Aston Villa remain keen on a move for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma. That is according to Sky Sports, who claim Villa are still interested in a move ... Read more »

Some fans say ‘fantastic' Emi Buendia is a ‘class' player

© Soccer Football – Premier League – Aston Villa v Sheffield United – Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain … Premier League – Aston Villa v Sheffield United Aston Villa drew 2-2 ... Read more »

What's happening with Leigh Halfpenny as Wales favourite stranded so close to his dream

The assumption is Leigh Halfpenny is doing things by the book as he continues his recovery from the knee injury that ruined what should have been one of the most ... Read more »

Djokovic sponsor Lacoste to contact tennis star to review events in Australia

PARIS (Reuters) -French apparel brand Lacoste, a sponsor of Novak Djokovic, said on Monday it would contact the world men’s tennis No. 1 to review events in Australia. © Reuters/LOREN ... Read more »

Seven players Man City are tipped to sign in the January transfer window

We’re more than halfway through the January transfer window and Man City are yet to make any significant changes to their squad. In truth that is not surprising as Pep ... Read more »

Edinburgh's Liberton through the years: 30 pictures from the 1950s and 1960s showing what life was like in the Capital's residential suburb

The name Liberton is thought to come from a combination of the Old English words ‘hlith’ and ‘beretun’, meaning ‘barley farm on a hillside’. © Pensioner and part-time petrol pump ... Read more »

Wandsworth: 'Gentrification won't kill our high street but a lack of parking will'

Wandsworth resident Wendy Hutchinson remembers when businesses on the borough’s High Street would be bustling with customers. That was a long time ago – today, it’s almost unrecognisable to her. ... Read more »

The most exciting new hotels opening in Europe in 2022

While which destinations we will be able to travel to in the coming year remains slightly up in the air, if all goes to plan we should see the unveiling ... Read more »

Crude Oil Prices Edge Lower as Libyan Output Returns; Chinese Demand Eyed

© Reuters Crude Oil Prices Edge Lower as Libyan Output Returns; Chinese Demand Eyed By Geoffrey Smith  Investing.com — By Geoffrey Smith  Investing.com — Crude oil prices edged lower in ... Read more »

TV licence fee frozen for two years - here's how much you'll need to pay

© Provided by Metro Culture secretary Nadine Dorries said thee licence fee would stay at £159 for two years (Picture: Getty) The government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee ... Read more »

Amazon announces major change that all customers should be aware of

Amazon today has announced a major change that all customers should know about after deciding that their potential ban on the use of Visa credit cards on their site has ... Read more »

Clubs issue statements after football match abandoned due to alleged racism

Two North Wales football clubs have issued statements after their match was abandoned due to allegations of racist abuse on Saturday. The NWCFA Intermediate Cup tie between CPD Llanberis and ... Read more »

Body of evidence! Police fear the worst after spotting feet poking from rolled up carpet inside car... only to pull over driver and discover it's a MANNEQUIN

Motorway police were alerted to the feet but were shocked to find a dummyThe Prince Charming mannequin was on its way to a themed birthday partyCambridgeshire cops posted an account of the bizarre events on their Twitter   Read more »

Knifeman, 43, who stabbed five people in Manchester shopping centre after buying £1.50 blade in his local shop is held indefinitely in hospital

Raphael Chevelleau randomly attacked 5 people at Manchester Arndale centreChilling CCTV footage captured moment he calmly purchased blade for £1.50 Chevelleau unwrapped chef's knife and broke into a run, stabbing his victims  Read more »

'How did my daughter die?': Mother of murdered Libby Squire wants to face-to-face chat with her depraved killer to ask what her 'last words were' and find out happened on night he took her life

Lisa Squire's eldest daughter Libby, 21, was raped and murdered in 2019 in HullLibby was murdered by Polish butcher and married father-of-two Pawel RelowiczMother, 51, is ready to meet Libby's killer because she has unanswered questionsKiller Relowicz was jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years last February Maternity ward nurse wants to sit opposite Relowicz and ask 'how daughter died' Read more »

Retired GP who tweeted about breaking Covid rules to hug a woman whose husband had died of cancer, says most people who flouted social distancing regulations did so 'to help others, not because they wanted to have a party'

Dr Prit Buttar shared his story as a response to Government's 'partygate' scandalHe said he breached rules to hug a woman who was grieving loss of her husbandGP said story showed 'huge disconnection' between ordinary people and No 10 Read more »

Kinnoull's second half showing "extremely pleasing" for manager Alan Cameron

Kinnoull found second half form to run out comfortable 5-1 Conference B winners against Newburgh on Saturday afternoon. Nothing could separate the teams in the opening 45 minutes of the ... Read more »

Manchester Arndale attack: Man who randomly assaulted five people in shopping centre with knife sentenced

Raphael Chevelleau, 43, wounded three people and attempted to wound two others at the centre on 11 October 2019. Read more »

Leigh Griffiths: Celtic exit and Dundee future discussed as James McPake eyes signings

Dundee manager James McPake admits he is interested in keeping Leigh Griffiths at the club long term. © Leigh Griffiths in action for Dundee during a cinch Premiership match between ... Read more »

NFL World Reacts To Buccaneers Significant Injury News

For Tom Brady to succeed his offensive line needs to keep him safe in the pocket. That’s going to be a tall task against Monday’s Rams-Cardinals winner. © Provided by ... Read more »

Rams promote Eric Weddle, Blake Countess to active roster

Eric Weddle got a call from the Los Angeles Rams last week to gauge his interest in returning for the team’s playoff run. He accepted, calling it “an opportunity of ... Read more »

'Big signing if they can do it' - Leeds told to snap up 'wonderful' midfielder with 'snake hips'

Leeds United would be wise to complete the signing of Blackburn Rovers midfielder John Buckley, according to former England striker Kevin Phillips. © Provided by Transfer Tavern Leeds, Whites, Premier ... Read more »

Why would Martinez want to return to Everton after Benitez's sacking?

A club built around a manager who is no longer the manager. In short, that is the situation facing Everton, following their sacking of Rafa Benitez. It was never a ... Read more »

Motherwell's plans after Tony Watt exit revealed by Graham Alexander

Tony Watt is set to complete an immediate switch to Dundee United after Motherwell accepted an offer for the striker. © New Dundee Utd signing Tony Watt is unveiled at ... Read more »

‘People don't remember' – Ex-Everton man under Martinez names big reason for major mistake

Former Everton striker Victor Anichebe has urged his former side not to bring Roberto Martinez back to Goodison Park as manager. The Toffees are yet again on the hunt for ... Read more »

This key Gators defensive starter to return in 2022

Between the transfer portal and the NFL draft, Florida is poised to lose several defensive starters this offseason. However, one of its key players plans to return in 2022. © ... Read more »

John Souttar: Selection hint as Robbie Neilson appeals for calm and fans focus on Europe, not Rangers exit

Robbie Neilson wants Hearts fans to focus on driving the Jambos into Europe rather than on John Souttar’s decision to depart. © Scotland defender John Souttar is on the move ... Read more »

'The world will miss your amazing energy': Dancing On Ice star Sean Rice's former celebrity partner Chemmy Alcott and Chloe Madeley pay tribute to 'kind and funny' skater following his death aged 49

The Dancing On Ice star, who appeared on the show in 2011 and 2012, passed away on January 14, friends have said. Frankie Poultney, a fellow professional skater, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the sad newsShe wrote: 'Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we lost a true larger than life great - an epic skater, a husband, father, and my friend of 20yrs.' A spokesperson for Dancing On Ice has said: 'We are all deeply saddened to hear this news. Sean was a wonderful skater and friend to many on the Dancing On Ice team. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.' Sean leaves behind his wife Jodeyne, also a professional ice skater, and daughter Signey, eight  Read more »

BBC calls licence decision ‘disappointing' after Nadine Dorries confirms two-year fee freeze – live

LIVE – Updated at 18:26 Latest updates: Culture secretary rebuked by Speaker for tweeting announcement on Sunday as BBC says decision will impact on programming. Early evening summary 18:26 Nadine ... Read more »

Cristiano Ronaldo hands Man United fans a big boost after posting Carrington training pictures alongside Marcus Rashford and long-term absentee Paul Pogba

Cristiano Ronaldo hands Manchester United fans a boost with training pictures Forward posted images at Carrington alongside long-term absentee Paul Pogba36-year-old missed United's two games against Aston Villa due to a hip problemFrench midfielder Pogba has been side-lined since the start of November Read more »

Burkina Faso 1-1 Ethiopia: The Stallions hold firm to reach the last 16 at AFCON after Getaneh Kebede scored from the spot for east Africans to cancel out delicate lob from Cyrille Bayala

Burkina Faso secured second spot in Group A at the Africa Cup of NationsCyrille Bayala lobbed keeper Teklemariam Shanko to put the Stallions aheadEthiopia captain Getaneh Kebede equalised from the penalty spot Read more »

Dominic Cummings says he is prepared to go on oath to accuse Boris Johnson of lying to Parliament about boozy Downing Street parties as he warns PM: 'There are many other photos of parties after I left yet to appear'

Cummings said he discussed May 2020 BYOB event in Downing Street garden with Mr Johnson beforehandClaim contradicts PM's statement to the Commons last Wednesday that he was not aware in advanceFormer top adviser said he would be prepared to give statement on oath saying the PM was lying  Read more »

The Court of Arbitration for Sport suspends FIFA decision over Pape Gueye, with Marseille midfielder now allowed to play for Senegal at AFCON

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned FIFA's decision on Papa GueyeMarseille midfielder was banned by football governing body over 2020 transferPlayer had agreed personal terms with Watford before pulling plug on the deal 22-year-old cleared to represent Senegal at Africa Cup of Nations now   Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic