. Desperate for cash, Afghan families are selling young daughters into marriage « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NBC –  The economic collapse after the Taliban’s takeover in August has forced already poor families to make desperate choices. Children like Benazir and her siblings beg on the streets or collect garbage to heat their simple mud homes because they don’t have enough money for wood.

Her father, Murad Khan, a day laborer who hasn’t found work in months and has eight children to feed, is worn with worry. His decision to sell Benazir to marriage at such a young age comes down to a cold calculation.

“We are 10 people in the family. I’m trying to keep 10 alive by sacrificing one,” he said in Pashto.

Read the stories of Afghan families suffering in the ongoing humanitarian crisis at NBC News.

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