Malnutrition: ‘Drug my hungry children to help them sleep’

  • Yogita Limaya
  • BBC News – Herat

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Ghulam (centre) says she gives her six hungry children sedatives to put them to sleep

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

In the second winter since the Taliban took over, and with foreign money flowing into Afghanistan still frozen, millions are on the verge of starvation.

Abdel Wahhab said, “Our babies are crying and can’t sleep, and we don’t have food to feed them, so we buy some pills that make them sleepy from the pharmacy, so their eyes fall asleep.”

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

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