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Governor’s office stops sale of baby in Faryab

Governor’s office stops sale of baby in Faryab

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Feb 10, 2020 - 12:38

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The sale of a two-month-old baby by his poverty-stricken parents in northern Faryab province has been stopped in northern Faryab province, the governor’s office said on Monday.

Deputy Governor Abdul Muqeem Rasikh told Pajhwok Afghan News they were informed that a family planned selling the baby in Maimana, the provincial capital, due to abject poverty.

Rasikh said the baby’s father -- a drug addict -- had come to Maimana for the treatment of the ailing child. But the man, who had no money to return home, decided to sell the child.

“We brought the couple to the governor’s house and provided them with cash, clothes and food items. The parents promised they would not think about selling their child,” Rasikh added.

The baby’s mother, Razia, said: “My husband had decided to sell the child to reach home, I requested him a lot not to do this, but he said we should sell the child because we do not have money to go back home.”

Razia said she married Syed Rahmatullah 10 years ago and that they had five children. Her husband slipped into drug addiction during his stay in Iran.

Rahmatullah said he was working at a metal shop and a large number of individuals were working under him. But he started taking drugs as the owner of the shop had been a drug addict.

Breaking down into tears, the man said he was shocked to see his family in such condition. He added poverty was behind his decision.

He vowed to quit drugs and avoid thinking about selling his child.

sa/mud

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