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Educate Afghan girls and whole world will benefit

Shabana Basij-Rasikh


Foreign Dispatch

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People at an Afghan solidarity rally in Trafalgar Square, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

People at an Afghan solidarity rally in Trafalgar Square, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

People at an Afghan solidarity rally in Trafalgar Square, London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Furniture being sold on the streets of Kabul by desperate, cash-strapped families. Farmers in Afghan provinces walking a wasteland of withered crops and soil turned to dust. Afghanistan, my homeland, is staring into the eyes of its worst humanitarian crisis in more than a generation.

People are enduring an economic meltdown spurred by the Taliban’s takeover in August, coupled with a drought some experts classify as our worst in 35 years, one that has already put a third of the population into a state of food insecurity. It is prompting some parents, out of work and out of options, to sell their daughters to pay off debt.


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