Sunday, 3 February 2008

Girls and Women, Girls and Women: Part 2

Further to our post on the manipulative use of the plight of Afghan women and children to justify Canadian involvement in Afghanistan, today we found this.

The recent sale of three Afghan girls in separate incidents by parents blaming extreme poverty for their actions has sparked concern about the safety of poor children in Afghanistan and the lack of adequate legal mechanisms to effectively curb such trade.

Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed alarm over the sale of the children, who came from Herat, Kunduz and Takhar provinces.

They are babies: one of four-month-old twin girls and two nine-month-old girls.

The article does not say who bought the children or why.

They have been returned to their parents, who have been given financial help.

AIHRC is concerned that the publicity derived from the recent cases of girls being sold may provoke other vulnerable parents to sell their children, particularly girls, in a bid to gain sympathy and financial assistance.

OK, Junior and SteveBot, tell us again, just how the FUCK are ‘we’ helping Afghan girls and women?

h/t Rolling Back the Tide of Extremism

(First published at Birth Pangs.)

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