Posted by: Lister | April 15, 2008

Child brides ‘sold’ in Afghanistan

From the BBC:

Farida (not her real name) was paid 40,000 Afghani (A400) last summer for marrying her 13-year-old daughter to her father’s 20-year-old cousin.

The child, her freckled face half hidden behind a blue veil, says she does not like her husband, and begins to cry.

“I didn’t want to marry, it was my parents’ decision,” she said. “I dreamed I would be able to finish my education. I had no choice.”

Asked why she is making her daughter unhappy, Farida replies simply: “It is her life, it is her fate.”

Badakhshan’s independent MP Fauzia Kofi says she has seen an increasing number of such child brides in the last two years.

“I don’t call it marriage, I call it selling children,” she says.

The cause of the trend, according to Fauzia Kofi, is poverty.

[…] Badakhshan deputy governor Dr Mohammed Zarif reports 60 deaths from cold and hunger and the loss of 7,000 livestock over the five months that the district has been cut off from the rest of the world by snow.

Meanwhile, some food in the local market has doubled in price in the last year – a result both of Badakhshan’s inaccessibility, and of global food shortages.

One mid-wife describes helping a 10-year old girl give birth.



  1. very disconcerting

  2. Poverty does things most of us can’t imagine. As I read on another blog, recently, “The mother of revolution and crime is poverty” — Aristotle

  3. true indeed

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