Joe Biden’s desertion of Afghanistan, after years of partisan dithering and billions of dollars wasted, is pushing the country’s already shaky economy closer to collapse and even halting the flow of international aid.
CNN recently reported on the tragic fallout of this ineptitude, which culminated in the U.S. retreat under Biden and the resurgence of the Muslim-extremist Taliban, telling of an Afghan father who sold his nine-year-old daughter to a 55-year-old man as a child bride so he would be able to buy food.
Abdul Malik reportedly pleaded for Parwana Malik’s new “husband” not to beat her. The girl describes her 55-year-old new owner as an “old man” because of his white beard and eyebrows.
Abdul broke down in tears as he told Qorban: “This is your bride. Please take care of her. You are responsible now, please don’t beat her.”
The girl’s family said they had no choice, and that many desperate families are selling their young daughters into marriage to survive in the midst of Afghanistan’s collapse. One 10-year-old girl reportedly spends her days crying as she waits to be sold to a 70-year-old man, to pay off debts, and another nine-member family is getting ready to sell their four-year-old and nine-year-old daughters to afford food.
Parwana and her relatives have been living in an Afghan refugee camp for the past four years. They have survived on humanitarian aid and meagerly paying work. Parwana’s 12-year-old sister was sold months ago to help the family survive.