Malnutrition: “I drug my hungry children to help them sleep”

  • Yogita Lemaya
  • BBC News – Herat

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Ghulam (center) says he is giving his six hungry children sedatives to put them to sleep

Some Afghans give their starving children sedatives to put them to sleep, and others sell their daughters and human organs to survive.

By the second winter since the Taliban took over, while foreign money flowing into Afghanistan is still frozen, millions are on the brink of starvation.

Abdel Wahhab said: “Our children are crying and cannot sleep, and we have no food to feed them, so we buy some sleeping pills from the pharmacy, so that their eyes fall asleep.”

Abdul Wahab lives outside Herat, the country’s third-largest city, in a cluster of thousands of small mud houses that have grown over the decades and are now filled with displaced people whose homes have been destroyed by war and natural disasters.

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